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  • Subject: [mg3256] More Anomalous Behaviour with Indexed Variables
  • From: Mark James <mrj at>
  • Date: Wed, 21 Feb 1996 02:15:19 -0500
  • Organization: The University of Sydney
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

A recent article on this group discussed the frequent failure
of FindRoot when the search variable is indexed (e.g. x[1]).
I have been having similar problems.

Now this has cropped up again with NDSolve.  If you
get a chance, run the following two groups of expressions
through your version.  Why does the second version fail?
Is it because NDSolve no longer evaluates the dummy equation
first? I am using 2.2.1.

    Clear[ f ];
    calc[ v_Real ] := ( f = v^2; 0 );
    NDSolve[ {dummy'[t] == calc[p[t]], dummy[0]==0,
              p'[t] == -p[t] + f, p[0]==0 }, {dummy,p}, {t,0,1} ]

    PARAMETER IS: f[1]
    Clear[ f ];
    calc[ v_Real ] := ( f[1] = v^2; 0 );
    NDSolve[ {dummy'[t] == calc[p[t]], dummy[0]==0,
              p'[t] == -p[t] + f[1], p[0]==0 }, {dummy,p}, {t,0,1} ]


The second differential equation in the first NDSolve call
above depends of a parameter f that is a function of p.

This parameter is calculated as a side effect
of integrating the first differential equation.
(My actual equation set, is 1000 times more complicated than this,
and I really want to use the side effect method to efficiently
calculate a number of parameters each integration step that
would otherwise each be calculated many times per step.)

I have used this method for a year without problems.

But changing the parameter to f[1] does not work.
(I now need to use indexed parameters in my real system.
I have managed to get this real system to work if I substitute
every indexed variable by a non-indexed one: e.g. s[1] -> s1 .)

Am I doing anything wrong, or is it a bug?  If it is a bug:
Is there a workaround?  Will it be fixed in 3.0?
Is this related to similar problems with indexed
variables in FindRoot?

Thanks for your help.

Mark James                                   | EMAIL : mrj at |
Basser Department of Computer Science, F09   | PHONE : +61-2-351-3423     |
The University of Sydney NSW 2006 AUSTRALIA  | FAX   : +61-2-351-3838     |


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