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  • Subject: [mg58109] Did something change?
  • From: Ronald Bruck <bruck at>
  • Date: Sat, 18 Jun 2005 06:08:27 -0400 (EDT)
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

Recently I created a list of several matrices, something like

   Do[F[i] = IdentityMatrix[8]; F[i][[1,3]] = 7, {i,10}]

and was surprised to get the message that F[i] wasn't a symbol.  I'm
pretty sure code similar to that worked prior to Mathematica 5.  Did
something change?

I've also tried Symbolize[F[i]] in that loop, but it doesn't help;
Mathematica refuses to access part [[1,3]] of F[i], claiming F[i] isn't
a symbol.

How are you supposed to set the individual values of a matrix if you
can't do this?  This is an EXTREMELY unhelpful "feature".

--Ron Bruck

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