# using lists in multivariable functions

I wish to create a function that uses elements from a list and is used later on. For example, I have an array `M=[m1,m2,...,mn]`

, `B=[b1,b2,...,bn]`

and wish to have a function `R(r,u,b)=r+b+u`

(using the elements from the array `B`

), which I then pass to another function `Y(r,u,b,m)=R*b*m`

(using the result from the first function and the values from each array). In other words, if `M=[m1,m2]`

and `B=[b1,b2]`

, I want to be able to have a function `R(r,u,b)=[r+b1+u,r+b2+u]`

and then have that `Y(r,u,b,m)=R*b*m=[(r+b1+u)*b1*m1,(r+b2+u)*b2*m2]`

. Basically, I wish to do what is mentioned in this post: http://ask.sagemath.org/question/8545..., but with more than one array.
I tried the following

sage: m1,m2,b1,b2,u=var('m1','m2','b1','b2','u')

sage: M=[m1,m2], B=[b1,b2]

sage: R(r,b,u)=[r+b+u for b in B]

sage:R(r,b,u)

(r+b1+u,r+b2+u)

This is all what I want. I then want to take R(r,b,u) in another function: Y(r,b,u,m), so that it gets the result I have above. I can't seem to get a way to run through all the possibilities (I could use a loop, but that ends up getting a bit messy as I go deeper in)

Edit: The values for mi and bi will eventually have numerical values, but currently they are simply symbolic variables. I am currently using this to simplify some algebraic expressions.

I do not understand your question. Are

`M`

and`B`

representing maps from`{0, ..., (n-1)}`

to the reals? Are`r`

and`u`

of the same kind ? What is`b`

compared to`B`

? Could you please give more details, your attempts so far, etc ?In your work, do the mi and bi have a value or are they symbolic variables ?