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Re: Replacement rules for large matrixes

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  • Subject: [mg119859] Re: Replacement rules for large matrixes
  • From: Gabriel Landi <gtlandi at>
  • Date: Sun, 26 Jun 2011 06:26:06 -0400 (EDT)
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Dear Daniel,

Thank you for the reply. My matrix is constructed from a system of
polynomial equations using CoefficientArrays.
Indeed, replacement does not work. What I was doing was (sadly)

SparseArray[Normal@matrix /.rules].


On Sat, Jun 25, 2011 at 6:27 AM, dr DanW <dmaxwarren at> wrote:

> Is your matrix a nested list or a SparseArray[]?  From your description, I
> am guessing it is a nested list.  Try working with your matrix as a
> SparseArray[] instead.
> Next problem: Replace[] does not work on SparseArray[]'s.  However, you can
> use BlockRules[] (code below) to do the replacement.
> Code for BlockRules[] by Andrew Moylen at Wolfram, from an earlier posting
> on this group that I can't find right now:
> SetAttributes[BlockRules, HoldRest];
> BlockRules[rules_, expr_] := Block @@ Append[Apply[Set, Hold[rules], {2}],
>    Unevaluated[expr]]
> Enjoy,
> Daniel

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