Re: Initialize a matrix in mathematica

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• Subject: [mg66758] Re: [mg66742] Initialize a matrix in mathematica
• From: Murray Eisenberg <murray at math.umass.edu>
• Date: Mon, 29 May 2006 06:05:46 -0400 (EDT)
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```All you need is:

a = Table[i^2, {1}, {i, 5}]
{{1, 4, 9, 16, 25}}

Avoid all Do, For, and other explicit loops where you can in an
interpreted language such as Mathematica.  (Let the underlying system
code take care of creating the loops actually needed.)

ashesh wrote:
> Hi All,
>
> Have programmed in another system until now and am trying to shift to
> Mathematica and facing some diffciulties
>
> I would like to create a matrix, say a[ndiv] and would like to
> initilize all the value to i^2 (or any other value). The size of the
> matrix is not fixed.
>
> The code I tried to use is:
>
> ndiv = 5;
> a = {};
> For[i=1, i<=ndiv, i++,
> a[[i]] = i*i;
> ];
> a
>
> This is producing the following error:
> partw: Part 1 of {} does not exist and so on.
>
> I understand that I am not creating a matrix of size 1*ndiv for the
> data to be fed it.
>
> So I tried using Table as follows:
>
> a = Table[0,{1},{ndiv}] followed by the above For loop (when I wanted
> to initialize the matrix with say i*i;
>
> Hope some one can help me in doing the above operation
>
> Regs.
>
>

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