We have Map and its upgraded variant MapIndexed. Is there analogy for Nest? I know there is no NestIndexed in Mathematica in recent versions but I mean if it is possible to imitate it by elegant combination of other functions.

My solution with using n++ bellow I do not regard as elegant.

Map[f, {a, b, c, d}]
MapIndexed[f, {a, b, c, d}]

n = 1;
Nest[f[#, n++] &, k, 4]

(* {f[a], f[b], f[c], f[d]} *)
(* {f[a, {1}], f[b, {2}], f[c, {3}], f[d, {4}]} *)

(* f[f[f[f[k, 1], 2], 3], 4] *)
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    $\begingroup$ I don't see using n++ as inelegant - if this were a built-in function it would do something similar $\endgroup$
    – Jason B.
    Dec 2, 2022 at 20:12
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    $\begingroup$ Maybe Fold[f,k,Range[4]]. Or Nest[{f@@#,#[[2]]+1}&,{k,1},4][[1]]. $\endgroup$
    – user293787
    Dec 2, 2022 at 20:22
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    $\begingroup$ dang it! just beat me to it @user293787 $\endgroup$
    – lericr
    Dec 2, 2022 at 20:24
  • $\begingroup$ @user293787: That's it! It was something in my mind that was telling me there is a similar function but could not recall it. If there is no better solution I would accept it if you post it as an answer. $\endgroup$ Dec 2, 2022 at 20:28

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One could use Fold:

(* f[f[f[f[k,1],2],3],4] *)

Alternatively, one could use Nest using pairs where the first entry contains the evaluations of f and the second entry is the index:

(* f[f[f[f[k,1],2],3],4] *)
  • $\begingroup$ I like the version with Fold. $\endgroup$ Dec 2, 2022 at 20:37

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