Re: apparently I don't know how to use Map (or Apply or MapThread)

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• Subject: [mg77371] Re: apparently I don't know how to use Map (or Apply or MapThread)
• Date: Thu, 7 Jun 2007 03:58:52 -0400 (EDT)
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```On Jun 6, 1:52 pm, dbsearc... at yahoo.com wrote:
> I started with this:
>
> m = {{0.098, 0.951, 0.954}, {0.509, 0.914, 0.487}}
>
> I tried to do this
>
> Table[#[[i, i]], {i, Length[#]}] & /@ m
>
I take it you are trying to extract the diagonal elements from your
matrix m ?

If so why not use

Diagonal[m]

which gives you the same result as your function definition. Your
example using map does not work because
map iterates over 1 row at a time. As each of your rows is a 1 x three
elements long list #[[i,i]] cannot exist for
i > 1.

malcolm

> It does not work, but this works
>
> Diag := Function[x, Table[x[[i, i]], {i, Length[x]}]]; Diag[m]
>
> !@#\$%^&*(
>
> Can anyone tell me why? I also tried: Apply, MapThread,
> DiagonalMatrix, TakeMatrix, adding () around the pure function...
>
> I know that this is a simple problem. Would Evaluate help?
>
> TIA.
>
> Regards..

```

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