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ListDimension function

  • To: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net
  • Subject: [mg72595] ListDimension function
  • From: carlos at colorado.edu
  • Date: Wed, 10 Jan 2007 04:07:20 -0500 (EST)

Hi - I need a short function ListDimension that
given a list returns its "brace dimensionality" =
max number of brace levels to reach deepest entry.
Examples

   List         ListDimension
   a+b                   0
   {1,2,x*y}             1
   {1,2,{3,0,1}}         2
   {{},{},{}}            2
   {{},{{1,2}},a}        3

Built-in functions dont seem to be of help.
Dimensions is restricted to matrix or tensor type of lists.
Depth (minus 1) doesnt help as it is entry type dependent:

   Depth[{1,2,3}] -> 2
   Depth[{1,2,3+a}] -> 3
   Depth[{1,2,3+a+Sqrt[x+y]}] -> 5

For the above three, ListDimension=1.


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