Re: Define a matrix function with size as argument

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• Subject: [mg71367] Re: Define a matrix function with size as argument
• From: dh <dh at metrohm.ch>
• Date: Thu, 16 Nov 2006 00:52:46 -0500 (EST)
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```Hi Simone,
you wrapped MatrixForm[...] around your matrix. Therefore, this will not
be recognized as a matrix. Simply remove MatrixForm and everything works
as expected.
Daniel

Simone Giannerini wrote:
> Dear all,
>
> I am quite new to Mathematica and I have the following problem I could
> not find track of both in the Forum and in the documentation.
> I need to define a matrix function with size of the matrix as an
> argument. The function produces a tridiagonal matrix:
>
> Q[w_] := MatrixForm[SparseArray[
>     {i_, j_} /; Abs[i - j] <= 1 -> Which[i < j,
>       a[i - 1]*(1 - (i - 1)/(2*w)), i > j,
>       (a[-i + 2*w + 1]*(i - 1))/(2*w), i == j,
>       (-(1 - (i - 1)/(2*w)))*a[i - 1] -
>        (a[-i + 2*w + 1]*(i - 1))/(2*w) + 1],
>     {2*w, 2*w}]]
>
>
> dum = Q[2]
>
> the problem is that dum is not recognized as a matrix so that
> operations like Inversion and the like do not work.
>
> Many thanks for your attention.
>
> Kind regards,
> ______________________________________________________
>
> Simone Giannerini
> Dipartimento di Scienze Statistiche "Paolo Fortunati"
> Universita' di Bologna
> Via delle belle arti 41 - 40126  Bologna,  ITALY
> Tel: +39 051 2098262  Fax: +39 051 232153
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>

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