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Direct substitution vs "subs" method

asked 2019-04-09 14:33:04 -0500

dsejas gravatar image

updated 2019-04-09 14:34:15 -0500

Suppose I define

var('a b c')
formula = a^2 + 5*b + c

Then I would like to substitute some values, like a=2, b=2 and c=4. As far as I'm aware, there are two options to do this:

formula(a=2, b=2, c=4)


formula.subs(a=2, b=2, c=4)

In this particular case, is there any difference between this two options? Is there any difference in some other case(s)?

Thanks in advance for you answers!

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answered 2019-04-09 15:49:25 -0500

tmonteil gravatar image

updated 2019-04-11 12:13:10 -0500

There basically no difference. Indeed, if you look at the source code of the __call__ method of formula by typing:

sage: formula.__call__??

you can see that there is :

return self._parent._call_element_(self, *args, **kwds)

So, if you look at the _call_element_ element of the parent of formula (which is the symbolic ring) by typing:

sage: SR._call_element_??

besides some deprecation warnings, there is:

return _the_element.subs(d, **kwds)
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Thank you very much for your answer, @tmonteil. This is exactly what I was expecting when I asked the question!

dsejas gravatar imagedsejas ( 2019-04-10 23:32:39 -0500 )edit

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