Creating variables on the fly...

Matthew Hirsch meh9 at cornell.edu
Mon Apr 3 21:16:03 CEST 2000


Hi All,

Let's say I have four variables: 

a=1
b=2
c=3
d=4

And I have a function that adds these variables together:

def add(a,b,c,d):
   return a+b+c+d

But now let's say I have twenty variables that I want to add together.  
This function will no longer work.  I would have to rewrite it as 
a+b+c+d+e+f+g+...+(20th letter).  Is there a way to dynamically create a 
variable name?  So that my add function can automatically determine how 
many variable names to create and then add the values together.  In 
other words, I'd ideally like something like:


def add(number_of_variables):
   return a+b+c+...+(letter corresponding to number_of_variables)

Thanks for your help,

Matt



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