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Re: Simple List question. HELP.

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  • Subject: [mg39400] Re: Simple List question. HELP.
  • From: Jens-Peer Kuska <kuska at>
  • Date: Fri, 14 Feb 2003 03:18:06 -0500 (EST)
  • Organization: Universitaet Leipzig
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you can assign parts only to parts that exist, i.e.,


work as expected.


Daniel Heneghan wrote:
> I am new to Mathematica. This is vexing. All I want to do is create a
> 2-dimensional list so that I can enter x,y values and then plot the
> list. I want to do this programmatically. I am having such incredible
> trouble trying to accomplish this simple task. I know that there is
> probably a Mathematica optimized way to do this, but I and trying to
> write a little program and for now I want to stay with paradigms that I
> am familiar with. Here is what I have been doing.
> Create a 2 dimensional list.
> In[532]     lst={{}}
> Out[532]=    {{}}
> Enter the first pair into the first place in the list.
> In[533]:= lst[1]={{0,1}}
> Errors and beeps here, but it does seem to record the correct values.
> Set::write: Tag List in {{}}[1] is Protected.
> Out[533]={{0,1}}
> Add anoter pair of values.
> In[534]:= lst=Append[lst,{{1,2}}]
> Out[534]= {{},{{1,2}}}
> The second pair is OK, but the first pair has been obliterated.
> Add another pair. Now all subsequent entries are OK, but I still have
> lost the first pair.
> In[535]:= lst=Append[lst,{{2,c}}]
> Out[535]= {{},{{1,2}},{{2,c}}}--
> What is going on? What are the mysteries of working with lists in
> Mathematica. In any programming language this is simple. I can't grasp
> it in Mathematica. The reason I need to do this is that for the list
> plot I need the x values to start at 0 not 1.
> Thanks,
> Daniel Heneghan
> Ceara Systems
> (212) 696-9208
> ceara at

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