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Re: Using FindRoot with free parameters

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  • From: Bill Rowe <readnews at>
  • Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 03:39:46 -0400 (EDT)
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On 4/14/14 at 11:00 PM, ssplotkin at (steviep) wrote:

>Thanks, I had actually come up this solution in the meantime:

>xf[alpha_, n_] = Function[{alpha, n}, x /. FindRoot[f[n, x] - alpha,
>{x, 2}]][alpha,n]

>which gives the same answer. It also gives a bunch of warnings, as
>does Module when "=" is used instead of ":=".

>Is one method preferred over another? Thanks in any event. -S

Yes, you originally posted

>basically using FindRoot but holding off on substituting in the
>parameters until later. Is there a simple solution?

Delaying evaluation is the precise reason for using :=
(SetDelayed) rather than = (Set). Set evaluates its arguments immediately.

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