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Product of elements in a set

asked 2019-02-01 11:06:01 +0200

LukeC93 gravatar image

updated 2019-02-01 11:06:31 +0200

I have a set of numbers, and I would like to find the product of them. Generally speaking, the set of the numbers could be quite large, and will be complex, so I don't want to have to manually multiply them all. The example I have below only has 3 integer elements though..


My original thinking was something along the lines of:

 P = prod(s[i] for i in range(1,c))

But I'm not sure how to: 1) define s[i] appropriately or 2) if this will work

I assume at some point I need to define I'm working in a complex field, but again, I'm not sure where I would need to do that?

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answered 2019-02-01 11:57:44 +0200

rburing gravatar image

updated 2019-02-01 12:05:43 +0200

It is simply

sage: prod(S)

You cannot index S because it is not ordered; you would have to convert to a list first e.g. by s = list(S).

The elements of S are of type Integer and so prod will use the product of integers.

When you add to S a complex number element like 1+I which is of type Expression, the Integers will be coerced to Expressions, the product will work in the way you expect and the result will be an Expression.

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Wow - the one thing I didn't try, and it was the simplest thing! Thank you.

LukeC93 gravatar imageLukeC93 ( 2019-02-01 12:33:43 +0200 )edit

You can also specify a starting value for the product as an optional argument, so if you want the answer to be in CC, you could do prod(S, CC(1)).

John Palmieri gravatar imageJohn Palmieri ( 2019-02-01 19:30:05 +0200 )edit

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