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getting the name of a symbol

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  • Subject: [mg15412] getting the name of a symbol
  • From: Andrew Watson <abwatson at>
  • Date: Wed, 13 Jan 1999 20:57:26 -0500
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

Dear Matherati,

I have a problem for which there must be a simple solution.

Within a function

f[a_] := blah blah blah

I want to make use of the name of the symbol supplied as input to the

For example, if called as


I want to get the string "qxyz". I have looked at HoldForm and
SymbolName but nothing yet discovered seems to do the trick.


Andrew B. Watson
MS 262-2
NASA Ames Research Center
Moffett Field, CA 94035-1000
(650) 604-5419	(650) 604-0255 fax
abwatson at

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