The newList() Command


Command Summary

Returns a list filled with zeroes.

Command Syntax


Menu Location

This command can't be found in any menu besides the command catalog.

Calculator Compatibility

This command works on all calculators.

Token Size

1 byte

The newList() command returns a list of a specific length that is filled entirely with zeroes.

           {0  0  0}
           {0  0  0  0  0}

This can be easily expanded to returning a list filled with any value: to return a list filled with a value x, just add x to the result of newList(). This works for strings as well, since "Hello"+0 simplifies to "Hello".

Advanced Uses

newList() can be used for making a comparison between a single value and a list. Normally, something like {1,2,3,4}=2 simply returns "false", since 2 is not a list and {1,2,3,4} is. To do a comparison element-by-element, use newList() to turn the single value into a list: in this case, 2+newList(4). Comparing {1,2,3,4} to 2+newList(4) will return {false, true, false, false} (you might use when() to get a single value out of this list).

This works to extend other operations to a number and a list, as well, though comparisons are the most useful application of this technique, since most operations already work this way.


In many cases, an expression with newList() can be used to optimize a seq() command. First, observe that the simple


which will return the list {1,2,3,…,n}, can be replaced by

The result is about twice as fast.

This is useful because many seq() expressions can be expressed using something like seq(k,k,1,n). For example:


can be


which is


This rearrangement is not always possible, but when it is, it gives a significant improvement in speed, with no real difference in size.

Here is a more complicated example (which is a sequence of probabilities with the binomial distribution). Notice the use of the with operator.

:seq(nCr(n,k) p^k (1-p)^(n-k),k,1,n)

can be

:nCr(n,a) p^a (1-p)^(n-a)|a=cumSum(1+newList(n))

Error Conditions

260 - Domain error happens when the length is not an integer ≥0.

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