RE: Undiscovered Bug?

• To: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net
• Subject: [mg46880] RE: [mg46862] Undiscovered Bug?
• From: "David Park" <djmp at earthlink.net>
• Date: Fri, 12 Mar 2004 23:39:26 -0500 (EST)
• Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

Harold,

There's a way to make sense out of it. Take this example...

Part[x + y + z, {1, 3}]
x + z

Part took the 1st and 3rd parts and inserted them in the head of the
expression, Plus.

Part[x + y + z, {2, 2}]
2 y

Part took the 2nd part, and the 2nd part again and inserted them in the head
of the expression, Plus.

So with...

Part[x/y, {2, 2}]
1/y^2

Part took the 2nd part, 1/y, and the 2nd part again and inserted them in the

David Park

From: Harold Noffke [mailto:Harold.Noffke at wpafb.af.mil]
To: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net

MathGroup:

In Mathematica 5.0.1 with Windows 2000, I mistakenly used the [[{}]]
operator on x/y.  I was expecting an error, but I kept getting unusual
results as shown in In/Out's 2 to 5 below.

Have I stumbled on a bug, or is there a way to make sense out of this?

In[1]:= TreeForm[x/y]

Out[1]//TreeForm= Times[x, |           ]
Power[y, -1]

In[2]:= (x/y)[[{2,2}]]

Out[2]=  -2
y

In[3]:= (x/y)[[{1,2,1}]]

2
x
Out[3]= --
y

In[4]:= (x/y)[[{2, 2, 2, 2}]]

-4
Out[4]= y

In[5]:= (x/y)[[{2, 1, 1, 0, 2, 2, 0}]]

2  2
Times  x
Out[5]= ---------
3
y

Regards,
Harold

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