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List Assignment Question

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  • Subject: [mg31801] List Assignment Question
  • From: Jim Purdy <jpurdy at>
  • Date: Sun, 2 Dec 2001 04:25:36 -0500 (EST)
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at


I want to do the following:

Given the list ,

data={abc, 1, 2.3, 3, 4}

do this:

First[data]=Rest[data]  (wont work)

basically creating a variable named for the first element in the list
and assigning it to the remainder.

abc={1,2.3,3,4} would be the result.

There probably is a simple answer, but I can't find it.

Thanks in advance


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