Re: Bugs--Bugs Report in List Operation

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• Subject: [mg67559] Re: [mg67519] Bugs--Bugs Report in List Operation
• From: Bruce Miller <brucem at wolfram.com>
• Date: Fri, 30 Jun 2006 04:15:34 -0400 (EDT)
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```Xiao,

The documentation is not as clear as it could be in this case.
In the function documentation, the third bullet under PadRight,

* PadRight[list, n, {a, a, ? }] pads by cyclically repeating the
elements a.

The behavior you found happens because the Head of a non-atomic
third argument need not be List.  In these cases, the arguments
of the function call are used for padding.  In your example, 1s
are padded because Infinity is internally DirectedInfinity[1].
For another example, try an undefined function f.

Out[1]= {0, 1, 1, 1, 1}

Out[2]= {0, x, x}

Out[13]= {0, y, x}

To get what you are expecting, you can replace Infinity with
{Infinity}.

Out[4]= {0, Infinity, Infinity, Infinity, Infinity}

A request for clarification of this was filed with the documentation
staff.

Bruce Miller
Technical Support
Wolfram Research, Inc.
support at wolfram.com
http://support.wolfram.com/

On Jun 28, 2006, at 11:09 PM, xiao.k.li at gmail.com wrote:

> Bellow is the test.<br>
> As the test shows, in PadRight[], Mathematica 5.2 replaced Infinity as
> 1 automatically, which is not supposed to happen.<br>
> <br>
> In[1]:=      img = Table[x*10 + y, {x, 3}, {y, 3}]
>
> Out[1]:=   {{11, 12, 13}, {21, 22, 23}, {31, 32, 33}}
>
> -----------------------------------------
>
> In[2]:=     PadRight[img, {3, 3}, value, {1, 1}]
>
> Out[2]:=   {{value, value, value}, {value, 11, 12}, {value, 21, 22}}
>
> -----------------------------------------
>
> In[3]:=     PadRight[img, {3, 3}, Infinity, {1, 1}]
>
> Out[3]:=   {{1, 1, 1}, {1, 11, 12}, {1, 21, 22}}
>
> -----------------------------------------
>
> And as far as I know, these functions are fine while dealing with
> other values such as number, symbol and string.
>
> I hope above information will be a little helpful if others come cross
> the case in future.
>
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>

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