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Re: Length and Drop

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  • Subject: [mg32189] Re: Length and Drop
  • From: Jens-Peer Kuska <kuska at>
  • Date: Sat, 5 Jan 2002 00:10:25 -0500 (EST)
  • Organization: Universitaet Leipzig
  • References: <a13vdg$dgm$>
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at



is 1

but Drop[] does not change the value of timexp,
it just generate a copy of the value and remove 
one element from the *copy* not from the original.

You need



Steve Gray wrote:
>     The following sequence seems wrong to  me, in that
> after dropping some elements from a list, its Length is
> still the same. I copied this directly from the notebook
> but removed the In[] and Out[] statements.
> timexp={{0,0}} -> {{0,0}}        [this is ok]
> timexp=Append[timexp,{7,8}] -> {{0,0},{7,8}}       [this is ok]
> Length[timexp] -> 2             [this is ok]
> Drop[timexp,1] -> {{7,8}}         [this is ok]
> Length[timexp] -> 2                    [ this is what I did not expect!]
>     Should not Drop reduce the Length of the list by the amount
> dropped?

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