Re: possible bug in Mathematica?

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• Subject: [mg25986] Re: possible bug in Mathematica?
• From: Jens-Peer Kuska <kuska at informatik.uni-leipzig.de>
• Date: Wed, 15 Nov 2000 02:09:39 -0500 (EST)
• Organization: Universitaet Leipzig
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```Hi,

matrix[[1,1]]=11

will work as expected. In this description THE BOOK is a bit
unclear. For reading Part[Part[a,1],1] work identical but for writing
Part[Part[a,1],1] evaluate the inner Part[] first, create a copy
of the row and for the outer Part[] there is only a single list
and no symbol anymore. This create the error message because

Part[{1,3,a,q,r},4]=11

can not be assigned.

Hope that helps
Jens

Peter Joseph wrote:
>
> I am running Mathematica version 4.0 under Windows 98 2nd edition.
>
> Mathematica.  I am not sure if you consider the following problem to be a
> question or a bug report.  I have already submitted this to Wolfram as a
> bug report.
>
> (* The problem is how to redefine or recalculate the elments of a list
> with more than one dimension, such as a matrix
> First, demonstrate that there is no such problem with a simple list *)
>
> In[8]:= vector = Table[0, {2}]
> Out[8]= {0, 0}
>
> (* next redefine the values in the vector *)
>
> In[9]:=vector[[1]] = 1
> Out[9]=1
>
> In[10]:=vector[[2]] = 2
> Out[10]=2
>
> In[11]:=vector
> Out[11]={1, 2}
>
> (* That was successful, now try exactly the same technique with a matrix
> *)
>
> In[12]:=matrix = Table[0, {2}, {3}]
> Out[12]={{0, 0, 0}, {0, 0, 0}}
>
> In[13]:=matrix[[1]][[1]] = 11
> Set::"setps": "\!\(matrix \[LeftDoubleBracket] 1 \[RightDoubleBracket]\)
> in \
> assignment of part is not a symbol."
> Out[13]=11
>
> In[14]:=matrix
> Out[14]={{0, 0, 0}, {0, 0, 0}}
>
> (* evidently, Mathematica interprets the meaning of vector[[1]] very
> differently than matrix[[1]][[1]]
> It considers the vector elements to be variables that can be redefined,
> while it considers the matrix elements constants that are
> protected.  I tried using Unprotect in various forms, but that did not
> work.
>
> So the question is, how does one do computations on lists which are nested
> more than one level deep?? *)
>
> Peter M. Joseph, Ph.D.