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Doubly indexed sum

asked 2015-05-22 10:53:04 -0600

cihan gravatar image

I would like to define a doubly indexed sum. Below is what I did:

V=list(var(','.join(['a_%d%d' % (i,n) for i in [0..5] for n in [0..5]])))
sum(a_in*binomial(5,i)*binomial(5,n) for i in [0..5] for n in [0..5])

I get the global name 'a_' is not defined error. I tried this when there is only one index and it works, but doesnt seem to work for double index. Can anyone help me with this?

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answered 2015-05-22 11:16:03 -0600

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You cannot use directly a_in but must first go through a string "a_{}{}".format(i,n) to generate the variable name and then use the function eval to get the symbolic variable:

sum(eval("a_{}{}".format(i,n))*binomial(5,i)*binomial(5,n) for i in [0..5] for n in [0..5])
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Thanks very much for your help! it works.

cihan gravatar imagecihan ( 2015-05-22 11:26:00 -0600 )edit
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An alternative is to create the symbolic variables a_* in a 2-dimensional array and to access them as a[i][n] (thereby avoiding the use of eval):

a = [[var("a_{}{}".format(i,n)) for n in [0..5]] for i in [0..5]]
sum(a[i][n]*binomial(5,i)*binomial(5,n) for i in [0..5] for n in [0..5])
eric_g gravatar imageeric_g ( 2015-05-24 04:14:08 -0600 )edit

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