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Re: Did something change?

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  • Subject: [mg58130] Re: Did something change?
  • From: "Stefan Linnik" <sjl.news56 at>
  • Date: Sun, 19 Jun 2005 03:43:40 -0400 (EDT)
  • References: <d90tjl$9bc$>
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To do direct assignments using = the list must first be initialised.

Also f[i] should be f[[i]]

Also as well f[[i, 1, 3]]= 7 works better than f[[i]][[1,3]]= 7


Stefan Linnik

"Ronald Bruck" <bruck at> wrote in message 
news:d90tjl$9bc$1 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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