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I like to give subscripts to my variable names when the variables are related. I.e.,

Subscript[r, i] = 3

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A problem arises when I later assign r to a value and want to use Subscript[r,i] again.

r = 6

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Subscript[r, i]

Subscript[6, i]

Is there any way for me to get the value I assigned to Subscript[r,i]? Is this the wrong way to use Mathematica?

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marked as duplicate by Yves Klett, Sjoerd C. de Vries, Michael E2, Mike Honeychurch, István Zachar Oct 16 '13 at 7:57

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    $\begingroup$ #5 here is relevant $\endgroup$ – ssch Oct 15 '13 at 13:58
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    $\begingroup$ very similar (duplicate?) $\endgroup$ – gpap Oct 15 '13 at 14:00
  • $\begingroup$ Please read the documentation for Notations and Symbolize $\endgroup$ – Mike Honeychurch Oct 15 '13 at 21:20
  • $\begingroup$ This pitfall discussion is also relevant. $\endgroup$ – m_goldberg Oct 16 '13 at 7:56
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks all for your comments. I'll try to avoid doing this in the future. Unfortunately, this is why I use Mathematica. If I can't do this, then I'll most likely stick with another language. $\endgroup$ – jlconlin Oct 16 '13 at 14:32