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Re: Dot or Inner ... but not quite

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  • Subject: [mg79648] Re: Dot or Inner ... but not quite
  • From: Bill Rowe <readnewsciv at>
  • Date: Wed, 1 Aug 2007 04:58:01 -0400 (EDT)

On 7/31/07 at 6:13 AM, dot at (Diamond, Mark) wrote:

>I have two equi-length lists, the first of number, the second of
>(equi-length) lists of numbers , such as

>l1={1,4,3}; l2={{1,7},{1,9},{5,2}};

>I want to produce 1*{1,7}+4*{1,9}+3*{5,2}

>It looks so close to Inner that I thought I could use it in some
>form, but I have ended up using

>(#[[1]]*#[[2]])& /@ Transpose[{l1,l2}]

>Is there a better way using one of the builtin functions with which
>I am unfamiliar?

Certainly, there are other ways. But better is fairly subjective.

Here are two ways to accomplish the same thing

In[7]:= Plus @@@ Thread[l1 l2]

Out[7]= {20,49}

In[8]:= Plus @@ MapThread[Times, {l1, l2}]

Out[8]= {20,49}

Note, both of these output what you said you wanted to produce, i.e.,

In[9]:= 1*{1, 7} + 4*{1, 9} + 3*{5, 2}

Out[9]= {20,49}

Which is not what your code does, i.e.,

In[10]:= (#[[1]]*#[[2]]) & /@ Transpose[{l1, l2}]

Out[10]= {{1, 7}, {4, 36}, {15, 6}}

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