I have a list of functions list, with 1-5 elements, each of which is one of the following functions:

{f1, f2, f3, f4, f5}

I also have 2 variables a, b. I would like to apply the functions in list to these variables, however there is one caveat which is holding me back. f1, f2, and f3 take no arguments. f4 takes a as an argument, and f5 takes a and b as arguments. I just want to execute all the functions in the list, not store the output in a list or anything, just execute them.

I know how to apply a list of functions to an argument but the fact that some of them take arguments and some don't has stumped me. How can I get this to work?

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    $\begingroup$ So your functions are sth like f3:=1, f4[x_]:=x and f5[x_, y_]:=x+y? $\endgroup$
    – corey979
    Jan 1, 2017 at 17:32
  • $\begingroup$ @corey979 That is correct, however, they have print functions, and don't actually return anything, so I don't want to store the output. $\endgroup$
    – Nico A
    Jan 1, 2017 at 17:40
  • $\begingroup$ Usually we ask for a minimum working example to avoid misunderstandings. I suspect there's a better way to do what you need that doesn't involve executing the functions as written... $\endgroup$
    – Jens
    Jan 1, 2017 at 17:44

1 Answer 1


Maybe something like this:

ClearAll[tF, f1, f2, f3, f4, f5]
tF = Function[{x, y}, 
      Switch[Head /@ {#[x, y], #@x}, {#, #}, #[], {#, _}, #[x], _, #[x, y]]] &;


f1[] := 1; f2[] := 2; f3[] := 3; f4[x_] := x; f5[x_, y_] := x + y; 
flist = {f1, f2, f3, f4, f5};

Through[(tF /@ flist)[x, y]]
(* or *) Operate[tF, #[x, y]] & /@ flist

{1, 2, 3, x, x + y}

Or, use tF to define an operator:

thruF[funcs_] := Through[(tF /@ funcs)@##] &;

thruF[{f1, f2, f3, f4, f5}][x, y]

{1, 2, 3, x, x + y}


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