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asked 2016-10-10 13:28:44 -0600

anonymous user



I'm just getting started with Sage and therefore my question may sound really stupid (and nevertheless I couldn't find an answer here). I have a matrix with both symbolic entries and numerical values, let's say:

M=matrix([[1,a], [0,b]])

Now I want do assign a value to a:


However if I print M to the screen it still says a in the matrix and not 0.

You can clearly see that I'm really not used to Sage, so what's the problem here? What should I do if I want to assign a fixed value to a variable which is also used in the calculations where this variable appears?

Thank's for the answers, I know this will sound highly trivial for you!


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answered 2016-10-11 12:42:29 -0600

tmonteil gravatar image

You can just use substitution:

sage: M.substitute(a=0)
[1 0]
[0 b]
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Thanks you!

philipp7 gravatar imagephilipp7 ( 2016-10-13 09:41:36 -0600 )edit

answered 2016-10-11 11:00:45 -0600

ndomes gravatar image

May be you can achieve what you want via an anonymous function.

M = lambda a,b : matrix([[1,a], [0,b]])
A = M(a,b)
B = M(a=0,b=b)
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Thank you! Not such a nice intuitive solution as I hoped to get, I admit. However, this just seems to be quite different in Sage compared to e.g. Mathematica.

philipp7 gravatar imagephilipp7 ( 2016-10-13 09:40:46 -0600 )edit

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