Re: Basic questions on _Plus and recursion

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• Subject: [mg120885] Re: Basic questions on _Plus and recursion
• From: Heike Gramberg <heike.gramberg at gmail.com>
• Date: Sun, 14 Aug 2011 08:14:35 -0400 (EDT)
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```You could try Distribute:

Distribute[f[a+b,c+d]]

out:

f[a, c] + f[a, d] + f[b, c] + f[b, d]

Heike.

On 13 Aug 2011, at 12:49, Ethan Dyer wrote:

> Hi. I'm sure these are common issues, but I haven't found them. Here
are the two, unrelated questions. Thank you for the help.
>
> 1) I want to use _Plus for a function with arbitrary arguments. ie I
want: f[a+b]=f[a]+f[b], f[a+b,c+d] to go to =
f[a,c]+f[a,d]+f[b,c]+f[b,d], ... Is there a standard way to do this?
>
> 2)Here I want to pull out scalars from a function. Something like
this:
>
> f[x__] :=(Times@@Select[{x},Scalar[#]==1&]) =
(f@@Select[{x},Scalar[#]!=1&])
>
> Where i have defined a function Scalar to =1 for some symbols.
>
> for instance say I had defined Scalar[a]=1 then f[a,b,c]= a
f[b,c].
>
> The above does not work, as it gives infinite recursion. Is there a
way to do this properly?
>
> Thank you again. Sorry if these are too common.
>
> Ethan
>

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