Do I have to clear all my definitions whenever I experiment with different parameter values for my model? For example, I have a simple model as follows:

h = 5

I want to do:

Table[w[t], {t, 0, 10}]

with varying h. But every time I change h, I have to clear the definitions with


Otherwise, the result for w[t] remains the same. This practice is ok with this simple model. But when the model is pretty big, it really is time-consuming. I was expecting to get a new result directly by changing h. Any helpful comments in this direction?

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    $\begingroup$ Could you use w[t_,h_] instead of setting h afterward ? $\endgroup$ Mar 13, 2014 at 20:20
  • $\begingroup$ @WilliamBriand, thanks. I can try. But my actual model is pretty big with so many parameters. So it would be impossible to put all of them into the bracket. $\endgroup$
    – ppp
    Mar 13, 2014 at 20:31
  • $\begingroup$ @Kuba, thanks. I think that's what I did. You can see h gets value at the end. $\endgroup$
    – ppp
    Mar 13, 2014 at 21:17
  • $\begingroup$ Enclosing things in Dynamic allow for post hoc update of variables -- though it may make it considerably slower to run. $\endgroup$ Mar 13, 2014 at 21:26

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You could just clear the DownValues you don't want.

w[t_] := w[t] = w[t - 1] + h
w[0] = 0;

Table[DownValues[w] = Drop[DownValues[w], {2, -2}]; Table[w[t], {t, 0, 3}], {h, 2, 5}]
{{0, 2, 4, 6}, {0, 3, 6, 9}, {0, 4, 8, 12}, {0, 5, 10, 15}}
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you so much, m_goldberg. But it seems quite complicated. In fact, I was moving over from R. With R, you just change h directly and you will have new results for w[t]. I was expecting something similar to this. It seems R is much more convenience than Mathematica for experimenting with a dynamic model with many variables and parameters. Is it true? $\endgroup$
    – ppp
    Mar 13, 2014 at 21:47

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