Opened 12 years ago

Closed 11 years ago

#10246 closed defect (fixed)

Can't get symbol from callable function x |--> x

Reported by: kcrisman Owned by: burcin
Priority: critical Milestone: sage-4.7
Component: symbolics Keywords: plot, beginner
Cc: jason Merged in: sage-4.7.alpha4
Authors: Karl-Dieter Crisman Reviewers: Mike Hansen
Report Upstream: N/A Work issues:
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Description (last modified by kcrisman)

From this ask.sagemath question:

I was plotting sin(x)/x and also wanted a seperate plot of sin(x) and x so I could visualize those components as well. However I get an error when plotting x saying "free variable x -> x". If I add a coefficient to h(x) such as h(x) = 1.0001*x then it works fine.

This is the code I am using:

f(x) = sin(x)/x
g(x) = sin(x)
h(x) = x

fig1 = plot(f,-10,10,rgbcolor='green')
fig2 = plot(g,-10,10,rgbcolor='purple')
fig3 = plot(h,-10,10,rgbcolor='red')

figure = fig1 + fig2 + fig3

The underlying problem is

The exception arises in `sage.symbolic.expression_conversions.FastFloatConverter.symbol`:

                return self.ff.fast_float_constant(float(ex))
            except TypeError:
                raise ValueError, "free variable: %s" % repr(ex)

so that it assumes if a callable expression doesn't have the variable, it must be a constant.  However, it before this asks for `if name in vars` and `if name in svars`, but here the `name` is `'x |--> x'`.

So what we need to do is fix it so that if the operator is `None` in the previous traceback in your error message, we check for this case explicitly, where the name isn't just one of the variables.

Apply attachment:trac_10246-callable-x.patch

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trac_10246-callable-x.patch (2.0 KB) - added by kcrisman 11 years ago.
Based on 4.7.alpha1

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Change History (6)

comment:1 Changed 12 years ago by jason

  • Cc jason added

comment:2 Changed 11 years ago by kcrisman

  • Keywords beginner added
  • Priority changed from major to critical

See also this question where exactly the same thing comes up.

I'm putting this as 'beginner', and moving to 'critical', though that is pretty meaningless... Anyway, it's really dumb that we can't plot x.

Changed 11 years ago by kcrisman

Based on 4.7.alpha1

comment:3 Changed 11 years ago by kcrisman

  • Authors set to Karl-Dieter Crisman
  • Description modified (diff)
  • Status changed from new to needs_review

Ready for review. This should fix the problem, and I tried to do it in a relatively elegant way. Unfortunately, there really is no such elegant way, since symbol shouldn't be relying on strings anyway, right? Oh well.

comment:4 Changed 11 years ago by mhansen

  • Reviewers set to Mike Hansen
  • Status changed from needs_review to positive_review

Looks good to me.

comment:5 Changed 11 years ago by jdemeyer

  • Merged in set to sage-4.7.alpha4
  • Resolution set to fixed
  • Status changed from positive_review to closed
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