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Re: Protected element error

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  • Subject: [mg17258] Re: Protected element error
  • From: Jens-Peer Kuska <kuska at>
  • Date: Fri, 30 Apr 1999 02:34:43 -0400
  • Organization: Universitaet Leipzig
  • References: <7g0van$>
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

Hi Kristen,

"ahm -- what is "a33" ? In Mathematica is  a String and *not* a symbol
If you whant to convert between strings (stupid constructs that hold
some characters)
and symbols (clever things that have values, function definitions, ..)
you have to use ToExpression["A"<>sur<>"x"][1,1] and to get a string
from a symbol or
expression you may use ToString[].

I don't know the rest of your program but it seems that you have serious
problems with the basic ideas of Mathematica. My advice is *not* to add
ToExpression[] to your code. You should sit down and read "The Book"
carefuly to understand the difference of symbols and strings.


Kristen Rounds wrote:
> Early in my program I define a 4x4 matrix:
> A1x:=M.b1x.Transpose[M];
> Later I wish to allow the user to modify a matrix element:
> If[StringMatchQ[terma,"a33",IgnoreCase->True],
> "A"<>sur<>"x"[1,1]=Input["New a33 x value"]];
> I am getting this error when I try to use the new A1x matrix:
> SetDelayed::write: Tag StringJoin in A<>1<>x is Protected.
> I tried to use Unprotect[A1x]; prior to the new input, but that
> doesn't seem to make a difference.
> Please explain this error, and if there is a way to avoid it.  Thanks.
> Kristen

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