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Re: rhs of SetDelayed

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  • Subject: [mg1599] Re: rhs of SetDelayed
  • From: rubin at (Paul A. Rubin)
  • Date: Tue, 4 Jul 1995 01:28:26 -0400
  • Organization: Michigan State University

In article <3stisq$oee at>,
   c7081naa at (Michael Probst) wrote:
->Hi !
->I have the following question:
->I have to define a few functions that take the same arguments.
->Therefore I don't want to write the list of agguments repeatedly
->and use a variable instead.
->The following approach:
->does not work. The left side is o.k. but since rhsArg is not
->converted to {a1,a2,a3,a4} the right side is not.
->How does one do this ?
->Thanks a lot !
->michael.probst at
You want $PreRead, which preprocesses input lines:

In[]:=  $PreRead = 
          StringReplace[ #,
                         {"lhsArg" -> "a1_,a2_,a3_,a4_",
                          "rhsArg" -> "a1,a2,a3,a4"} ]&;
In[]:=  f[lhsArg]:=g[rhsArg];
In[]:=  ?f
Out[]=  Global`f
        f[a1_, a2_, a3_, a4_] := g[a1, a2, a3, a4]
In[]:=  f[1,2,3,4]
Out[]=  g[1, 2, 3, 4]
In[]:=  $PreRead =.  (* clears $PreRead *)

I was not sure if you literally wanted a single list as the argument or if 
you really meant to use a *sequence* of arguments.  The latter is 
demonstrated above; for the former, just add braces ({}) inside the quotes 
in StringReplace.


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