Monday, August 1, 2022

Python - Lambda Week: Building and Asking for Functions

Python - Lambda Week: Building and Asking for Functions

Welcome to Python Week!  This we we're going to cover calculus and the keyword lambda.

Note:  All Python scripts presented this week were created using a TI-NSpire CX II CAS.   As of June 2022, the lambda keyword is available on all calculators (in the United States) that have Python.   If you are not sure, please check your calculator manual. 

Lambda - Introduction

The key word lambda allows us to define a one-line function in Python program for internal use.  Keep in mind, this is different from the define (def-return) structure, where we can define multiline functions and can be used to be imported into other programs or the shell.

I briefly introduced lambda last September:

The syntax for lambda is for one argument:

fx=lambda var:define f(var) here

And we can use fx(var) to calculate the lambda function. 

We can use more than one argument, and the syntax looks something like this:

fx=lambda var1, var2, ...:define f(var1, var2, ...)

We use fx(var1,var2,...) to recall and calculate.

Keep in mind, a lambda function can accept many arguments, but can only return one answer.   The script shows a short demonstration of the lamdba key word:   Build a lambda function

from math import *


# build a lambda function

fx=lambda x:x**2+1

print("x=1, ",str(fx(1)))

print("x=2, ",str(fx(2)))

# lambda can have more than 1 input, but 

# must have only 1 output

gxy=lambda x,y:sqrt(x**2+y**2)

print("x=3, y=4",str(gxy(3,4)))

print("x=6, y=10",str(gxy(6,10)))

Getting User Input

We can ask for a user function by the lines:

fs=input("text here")

fx=eval("lambda var:"+fs)

This can be combined in one line:

fx=eval("lambda var:"+input("prompt"))

For example:

fx=eval("lambda x:"+input("f(x) = "))

The eval function changes a string to an expression to be evaluated.  This is great because we can use eval to change strings to make lambda functions and ask for input of numerical expressions including pi (assuming the math module is imported).   Asking for a function

# Math Calculations


from math import *


# ask the user to define a function

# input defaults as a string

print("The math module is imported.")

print("Use eval for allow for numeric expressions,")

print("including pi.")

f=eval("lambda x:"+input("f(x) = "))

# ask for three inputs

# use eval to allow for expressions

x1=eval(input("x1? "))

x2=eval(input("x2? "))

x3=eval(input("x3? "))

# calculate




# print results

print("Here are your results:")

print(x1, y1)

print(x2, y2)

print(x3, y3)

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