anything like C++ references?

Martin v. Löwis martin at
Mon Jul 14 07:56:40 CEST 2003

Stephen Horne <intentionally at> writes:

> Funny thing. When I use algebra, the variables I define don't end up
> referring to different values, functions or whatever unless I
> explicitly redefine them. When I write a definition on one piece of
> paper, the things I wrote earlier on another sheet don't change.

That, typically, is because you don't have any mutating operations in
your formulae. All functions you use are side-effect-free. If you
translated the sheets of paper literally into Python, the formulae
would work the way you expect them to work.


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