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Re: Part

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  • Subject: [mg2898] Re: [mg2890] Part
  • From: Preston Nichols <nichols at>
  • Date: Tue, 9 Jan 1996 02:16:24 -0500

Hans Steffani  wrote:

> w={{1,2,3},{4,5,6},{7,8,9}}
> npos={2,1}
> npos is the position of the element I need.
> w[[npos]]
> does not work, as it returns the second and the first
> line.

Both Dave Wagner[mg2895] and Ross Moore[mg2894] proposed

	w[[Sequence @@ npos]]

as a solution, which looks good to me (except for the usual generic  
misgivings one might have about using an undocumented command such  
as Sequence).

However, my first thought was to use

	w[[##]]& @@ npos

which also seems to work (though it looks dangerously like a  
cartoon expletive).

Can anyone comment on the difference between these?  Are there any  
serious reasons to prefer one over the other, or is it just a matter  
of taste?

Preston Nichols
Department of Mathematics
Carnegie Mellon University


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