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Re: Skipping Elements in Sum

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  • Subject: [mg61104] Re: Skipping Elements in Sum
  • From: Bill Rowe <readnewsciv at>
  • Date: Mon, 10 Oct 2005 02:40:06 -0400 (EDT)
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

On 10/9/05 at 1:36 AM, qcadesigner at wrote:

>Does anyone know how to skip elements using the mathematica sum?
>e.g. take the sum of all i, where i not equal to j.


One way to do this with the Sum function would be to use the KroneckerDelta function as follows:

Sum[Subscript[a, n](1 - KroneckerDelta[n, 3]), {n, 5}]

Another way to create the same sum would be

Total[Table[Subscript[a, n], {n, 5}][[Complement[
    Range[5], {3}]]]]

and there are many other ways to achieve the same result. Which is best depends on exactly what you are trying to accomplish.
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