Helly everybody,

I will try to keep this as simple as possible.

  1. I have a function which looks like this:

    Min[T_, E_, D_] := Module[ ..... List = {...} ];

In any case this function gives me a list that looks like this {1,2, 1, 4,5, 2,1} etc. (Actually D determines the number of entries in this list)

  1. I use Listplot to plot this list.

    ListPlot[Min[T, E, D], PlotRange -> {Automatic, {0,  0.5}}]
  2. I use Manipulate to be able to manipulate any of these 3 Variables.

    Manipulate[ListPlot[Min[...], {T, 1, 20}, {D, 10, 20}, {E, 1, 20}]

    Everything worked perfectly and dandy, but I ran into one problem. E has a dynamic limit that changes when I change D or T and few other factors.

  3. So in order to be able to calculate the dynamic limit ofE, I had to write a few new lines in the old Min.

    So now it looks something like this:

    Min[T_, E_, D_] := 
      Module[Emax = T + D  + a; List = {...}];   

    where a is a variable only used in that function

Even though Emax is getting calculated correctly, I just cannot use it outside of the function.

When I plug it into the Manipulate stuff like this:

ListPlot[Min[...], {T, 1, 20}, {D, 10, 20}, {E, 1, Emax}] 

the code does not know what Emax is.

Any ideas what I can do?

I need to use a variable from inside a function as limit for a Manipulate.

  • $\begingroup$ Min, List, N, D and E are built-in and (mostly) protected symbols. Can you prepare a small working example which shows the problem? It is not clear if mentioned symbols are the problem or the exact syntax you use (which is not shown either). $\endgroup$
    – Kuba
    Aug 2, 2018 at 13:32

1 Answer 1


You can try something like this:

Manipulate[emax = Quotient[max, 3]; ListPlot[Prime[Range[emax]]], {max, 10, 20}]

Manipulate allows ; separated statements before the one that produces the output and treats all the variables as dynamic

  • $\begingroup$ This worked quite welll. But sadly not as good as I have wished. I was able to determine the Variable with the desired value just as you said, in a seperate statement before the one that produces the output. Let's call this Variable A. Now I'm in an odd situation where I used A for 2 things: $\endgroup$ Aug 7, 2018 at 10:31
  • $\begingroup$ 1. I used it as Epiloge to be displayed next to the Plot so I can see how it changes. Epilog -> { Text[Style[A "A", ...]}; 2. I used it as a Limit for the Manipulate of one of the Variables. Filling -> Axis, PlotRange -> {Automatic...}, {D, 1, A}]; It works for the Epiloge. But it does not work for the limit. As I change the other 2 variables I see A changing on the Epilogue but the Limit for Variable D stays constant. Why ? I was hoping that it would update the Value for the Limit aswell :/ $\endgroup$ Aug 7, 2018 at 10:38

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