# subexpressions

Steve Holden steve at holdenweb.com
Fri Jun 1 13:09:50 CEST 2007

```Sergey Dorofeev wrote:
> "Peter Otten" <__peter__ at web.de> wrote in message
> news:f3oo0p\$c7c\$03\$1 at news.t-online.com...
>>>>> For example, if I want to calculate sin(x^2)+cos(x^2) I must code:
>>>>> lambda x: sin(x*x)+cos(x*x)
>>>>> How to make x*x to be evaluated once?
>>>>>>> (lambda x: [sin(x2) + cos(x2) for x2 in [x*x]][0])(.5) == sin(.5*.5)
>>>>>>> +
>>>> cos(.5*.5)
>>>> True
>>>>
>>>> The real answer is of course: Use a function.
>>> But what about something like
>>>
>>> lambda x: sin(y)+cos(y) where y=x*x
>>>
>>> ?
>>> May be this could be a PEP? If there is no straight way to do this.
>> def f(x):
>>    y = x*x
>>    return sin(y) + cos(y)
>>
>> What is not straightforward about that?
>
> This code is needed once in a map, so I don't want 3+ extra lines.
> Solution seemed so simple...
> I always considered python as languague, where simple things do not require
> extensive coding.
> Moreover, this construction is common thing in functional programming.
>
>
Stop thinking of three lines as "extensive coding" and your problem
disappears immediately.

regards
Steve
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