specifies that e should be collected by the nearest enclosing Reap.


specifies that e should be collected by the nearest enclosing Reap whose pattern matches tag.


specifies that e should be collected once for each pattern that matches a tagi.


  • Sow[e,] returns e.
  • By having several identical tagi, a single expression can be made to appear multiple times in a list returned by Reap.
  • Sow[e] is equivalent to Sow[e,None].
  • Sow[e,{{tag}}] sows an expression with tag {tag}.


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Basic Examples  (4)

Evaluate a sequence of expressions, "sowing" some to be collected by Reap:

Compute a sum, "sowing" i^2 at each step:

Make separate lists for expressions "sown" with different tags:

Reap only expressions "sown" with tag x:

Scope  (5)

Sow can be used anywhere in a computation:

It still works inside a function:

A single expression can be "sown" with multiple tags:

If a single tag is repeated, the expression is sown repeatedly:

A pattern in Reap can be used to specify which tags to collect:

The default is the pattern _, so that everything is collected:

Tags can have any form; here they are True and False:

Applications  (3)

Make a list of all the steps taken in evaluating FindRoot:

Evaluate an iterated map, keeping iterates that are below 1/100:

Find equivalence classes with respect to the value of mod 10:

Properties & Relations  (2)

Sow[x] returns x, "sowing" it as a side effect:

Expressions sown are reaped by the innermost enclosing Reap:

Introduced in 2003