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Re: what's wrong with these expressions?

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  • Subject: [mg104631] Re: what's wrong with these expressions?
  • From: Szabolcs Horvát <szhorvat at>
  • Date: Thu, 5 Nov 2009 03:50:56 -0500 (EST)
  • References: <hcr9u7$9n3$>

On 2009.11.04. 8:19, dushan wrote:
> I defined two 3-D vector functions,
>      {Subscript[n,p][z_], Subscript[n,m][z_]} := {{p1[z],p2[z],p3[z]},
>                                                        {m1[z],m2[z],m3
> [z]}}
> where p? and m? are simple functions of z.  When displayed they appear
> as expected.  But when I tried to define the dyadics
>      {Subscript[nn,p][z_], Subscript[nn,m][z_]} :=
>                       {Outer[Times, Subscript[n,p][z], Subscript[n,p]
> [z]],
>                        Outer[Times, Subscript[n,m][z], Subscript[n,m]
> [z]]}
> I got the error message that the expression 'is incomplete, more input
> is needed'.

That error message usually indicated missing brackets.  However, the 
exact expressions that you posted do not produce any error messages. 
Did you use exactly these expressions or something slightly different?

> When I separate this into two independent commands, as
>      Subscript[nn,p][z_] := Outer[Times, Subscript[n,p][z],
>                                                Subscript[n,p][z]]
>      Subscript[nn,m][z_] := Outer[Times, Subscript[n,m][z],
>                                                Subscript[n,m][z]]
> no error is generated.  Probably irrelevant, but I noticed that in
> both cases the outer brackets of the 'm' definition were slightly
> smaller than those of the 'p' definition.
> To check the result I asked to display the inner product
>      Subscript[nn,p][z].Subscript[n,p][z]
> and got the error message 'Recursion depth 256 exceeded'.
> In fact, when, to reassure myself, I tried again to display Subscript
> [n,p][z], I got the same error message.  So I went back over the
> definitions, and this time
>      Subscript[nn,p][z].Subscript[n,p][z]
> produced the expected answer.
> What could possibly be changing that sometimes, but not always,
> produces the error messages in these two cases?  I'm at a loss to know
> what to watch out for.
> - Dushan

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