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Re: strange behaviour

At 4:42 AM -0500 1/26/98, Jean-Marie THOMAS wrote:
>MatrixQ has a strange behaviour:
>"MatrixQ[expr] gives True if expr is a list of lists that can represent
>a \ matrix, and gives False otherwise. MatrixQ[expr, test] gives True
>only if \ test yields True when applied to each of the matrix elements
>in expr."
>MatrixQ[{{},{}}] gives True because its argument is a list of lists of
>equal length. No problem.
>NumberQ[{}] gives False because {} is not a number. I can understand
>MatrixQ[{{},{}},NumberQ] gives True, and this seems to me in
>contradiction with the definition of MatrixQ[expr, test]
>Can somebody explain this to my stupid mind?
>Jean-Marie THOMAS
>Conseil et Audit en Ingenierie de Calcul
>+33 (0)3 88 32 93 64
This is quite simple, I think. As there are no arguments to pass to your
test Mathematica just ignores it. Your test then just becaomes
MatrixQ[{{},{}}], which is True. You can do this with any test whatever, e.
gives True.

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