# Assign values to vector components using "Manipulate"

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 Dear Community, I am still struggling with beginner's problems but cannot find any solution in the net. The following works: Manipulate[{parameter1[1] = n[1], parameter1[2] = n[2], parameter1[3] = n[3]} , {n[1], 0, 5}, {n[2], 0, 5}, {n[3], 0, 5}] However, all attempts to use a more generalized approach, i.e. to assign values input by "Manipulate" to the components of the vector: parameter1[i] for {i,1,k} fail (even if I assign a fixed value to k). Any help appreciated - and … apologies if this is
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Posted 7 months ago
 After a struggle I found that this seems to work: Manipulate[mpl[Table[parameter1[k] = n[k], {k, max}], Sequence @@ Table[{n[k], 0, 5}, {k, max}]] /. mpl -> Manipulate, {max, 1, 5, 1}] 
Posted 7 months ago
 Thank you very much for your swift support. However, your solution assigns the second vector to the first, but not ist value. I.e. afer selection parameter1[4]=n[4] but not the value/number chosen for n[4].
Posted 7 months ago
 This is merely a beginner's problem When you define a variable for Manipulate it accepts a different name (eg. \$471 etc.) Whenever you try to generate such a name (using do, Table, Array etc.) (rather than write it explicitly) the generation works but not with the local name.So Manipulate[ Array[n, 5], Evaluate[Sequence @@ Array[{{n[#], 1}, 0, 5} &, 5]]] will display (rightfully) {n[1],n[2],n[3],n[4],n[5]} to enforce the evaluation of these "generated variables" you need to use Evaluate[ ] Manipulate[ Evaluate[(Array[n, 5])], Evaluate[Sequence @@ Array[{{n[#], 1}, 0, 5} &, 5]]] However, this does not solve the second issue of assigning the value to the vector. I checked all the possibilities that I'm aware of. This happens since the assignment is applied immediately, therefore the right hand side of the assignment is not getting the values of n[1],,, (unless of course, u you use the names of the variables explicitly, and then you do not have a problem in the first place...) If I'll find a way , I'll publish it later
Posted 7 months ago
 Thank you so far. Any solution for the second problem would be welcomed.
 Well, I cracked that. Summary Avoid using n[1], n[2],... as variable names. n1, n2,... work for the assignment. n[1],n[2],... do not Achieve an additional level of evaluation "hold" using strings and ToExpression to get back the expression. Make the variables of Manipulate global using LocalVariables->False option Perform the assignment to the vector OUTSIDE Manipulate using Dynamic. All of this is required to achieve one goal - set the number of variables in a scalable manner, rather than typing is by hand So, the solution goes as follows  Clear[v]; Clear["Globaln*"]; (* The last Clear is required for repeated experiments, the first is not essential *) ivars = Sequence @@ Array[{Symbol["n" <> ToString[#]], 0, 1} &, 5] (*set of variables + their range for manipulate *) vars = Array[Symbol["n" <> ToString[#]] &, 5] (* the variables to be used in the body of manipulate and the assignment *) Finally the line {Manipulate[Evaluate@vars, Evaluate@ivars, LocalizeVariables -> False], Dynamic[v = vars]} does the work. I managed to clear them using strings and ToExpression so Mathematica developers probably are facing the same issue. I would expect a better sort of Hold` behavior, but this is what we have...Hope this helps.yehuda