Looping Constructs

Looping is a core concept in programming. Mathematica provides powerful primitives for specifying and controlling looping, not only in traditional procedural programming, but also in other, more modern and streamlined programming paradigms.

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Do evaluate an expression looping over a variable: Do[expr, {i, n}]

While evaluate an expression while a criterion is true: While[crit, expr]

For a "for loop": For[init, test, incr, body]

Table build up a table by looping over variables: Table[expr, {i, n}]

Functional Iteration Constructs »

Nest ▪ NestWhile ▪ FixedPoint ▪ Fold ▪ ...

Iterating over Lists & Expressions »

Scan ▪ Map(/@) ▪ MapIndexed ▪ ReplaceRepeated(//.) ▪ ...

Loop Termination

Throw exit any loop, going to the nearest enclosing Catch

Break ▪ Continue ▪ Return ▪ Interrupt ▪ Abort

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