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Re: List manipulation?
Hi, > > I got a problem with List manipulation. I have the following list item: > > a = -Subscript[50, 5] > > and I would like to change the value of 50 to 360-50 and also change the > sign to +. First I tried to change the sign and then the value and I got > an outcome I didn't understand. Doing the other way round I get the > outcome I expected. Does anybody know what the difference is? > > Here is the Example file: > http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4920002/Example.nb > > > > a = -Subscript[50, 5] > a[[2, 1]] = 360 - a[[2, 1]] > a[] = -1*a[] > a > > > b = -Subscript[50, 5] > b[] = -1*b[] > b[] = 360 - b[] > b what happens is that you change the OwnValue of b in place from Times[-1,Subscript[50,5]] to: Times[1,Subscript[50,5]] and finally to: Times[310,Subscript[50,5]] which you can check from looking at: OwnValues[b] // FullForm after every step. The subtlety is that in the second step the b[] on the right hand side is evaluated. As usual the b itself is evaluated first, which will get rid of Times, and only after that Part ([]) actually is applied, which you can see from e.g.: b = -Subscript[50, 5] b[] = -1*b[] Trace[b[]] hth, albert