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changing parts of a list of lists

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  • Subject: [mg52565] changing parts of a list of lists
  • From: Dan Drake <drake at>
  • Date: Thu, 2 Dec 2004 02:21:19 -0500 (EST)
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

I'm working with a list of lists, such as {{1,2}, {3}, {4,5,6}}, and I
want to go through and make changes to each sublist, but I get the error
message "Set::setps: {{0,0,0},{0},{0}} in assignment of part is not a

I don't quite understand what's going on. Here's a toy example that
shows the error:

f[x:{__List}] := For[i=1, i <= Length[x], i++, x[[i]] = {1, 2, 3}]

If I wrap it in a Module, I can get it to work, but the "y=x" seems

g[x:{__List}] :=
  Module[{y=x}, For[i=1, i <= Length[y], i++, y[[i]] = {1, 2, 3}]; y]

f[{{a},{b}}] fails, but g[{{a},{b}}] works. It seems like the function f
should work. What's going on?



---    Dan Drake <drake at>    University of Minnesota
-----    School of Mathematics

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