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Re: For Loop problem

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  • Subject: [mg65603] Re: [mg65595] For Loop problem
  • From: Bob Hanlon <hanlonr at>
  • Date: Tue, 11 Apr 2006 04:04:09 -0400 (EDT)
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Bob Hanlon

> From: Rob <rob at>
To: mathgroup at
> Subject: [mg65603] [mg65595] For Loop problem
> I've got to manipulate some signed 12bit integer numbers from a file and
> apparently Mathematica only handles 8 and 16 bit signed numbers
> (probably for a very good reason). So I bring them in as 16 bits (and
> they're stored that way with a leading zero nibble) and then I have to
> do the following to make sense of them.  I really don't know why this
> code works but it does.
> For[i = 1, i < Length[y], i++, If[y[[i]] > 2048, y[[i]] =
>      y[[i]] - 2048, y[[i]] = y[[i]] + 2048]];
> So to my question: once again I had to resort to a For loop to pull this
> off and I know this is a no-no.  But I'm so clueless about Mathematica
> that I've never come up with a more sophisticated method after a year or
> so of thinking about it. Can someone help (as they usually can)?
> Thanks, Rob

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