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Topic: how to set initial values to symbolic variable array?
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Murray Eisenberg

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Re: how to set initial values to symbolic variable array?
Posted: Feb 28, 2013 9:24 PM
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Not clear why you're calling f a function, or why you "manually" add the four elements of the array. To answer your question:

arr = Array[a, 4];
f = Total[arr];
f /. a[_] -> 1

On Feb 27, 2013, at 11:45 PM, Jon <> wrote:

> Dear All,
> Suppose I defined a symbolic variable array as
> Array[a,4]
> and defined a function as
> f = a[1] + a[2] + a[3] + a[4]
> I need to evaluate the value of f in the following way,
> f/.{a[1]->1,a[2]->1, ...}
> but specify each element of the array one by one is very troublesome, and I
> wonder whether there is something like a group definition like
> f/.{a[1:4]->1}
> to define the four variables at the same time with the same value.
> Thanks for your help,
> Sincerely,
> John

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