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Re: Copy and Pasting Tables into Spreadsheet

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  • Subject: [mg83416] Re: Copy and Pasting Tables into Spreadsheet
  • From: gregory.lypny at videotron.ca
  • Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2007 03:45:15 -0500 (EST)
  • References: <fhp2jd$1q6$1@smc.vnet.net>

Thank you for the tip, Bill.

Probably my inexperience, but it still seems like a lot of bother.  If
something displays as two dimensional (R rows, C columns) when using
TableForm, it seems to me that you should be able to cut and paste it
as such for other applications, despite keeping its greater depth
within Mathematica.

I found the source of the problem in my case.  I use two
probabilities, prob = {.4, .6}, in my calculations to make the
tables.  The problem arises because prob[[1]] returns {.4} rather than
the simple scalar, .4, and prob[[2]] returns {.6} rather than .6, in
other words, lists with one element each.  Now I know that this is
what Mathematica is supposed to do: return a list when given a list to
process.  If I redo my tables using scalars, prob1=.4 and prob2 = .6,
there is no more problem with depth.  Is there a way to tell
Mathematica to return a scalar in all situations when the result would
otherwise be a list with only one element?

Regards,




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