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Re: Did something change?

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  • Subject: [mg58128] Re: [mg58109] Did something change?
  • From: Adel Elsabbagh <aelsabbagh at>
  • Date: Sun, 19 Jun 2005 03:43:33 -0400 (EDT)
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  • Reply-to: Adel Elsabbagh <aelsabbagh at>
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I am not a Mathematica professional but as far as I know, you cannot do
such assignment.

You'd better do the following:

F = Table[0, {i, 10}, {j, 8}, {k, 8}];  (*initialize a tensor of size 10x8x8*)
Do[F[[i]] = IdentityMatrix[8]; F[[i, 1, 3]] = 7, {i, 10}]; (*Fill the elements*)

-Adel Elsabbagh

On 6/18/05, Ronald Bruck <bruck at> wrote:
> 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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