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An other error on Python

  1. Dec 22, 2011 #1
    Hi all!

    I'm learning programming on Python.
    Currently, I'm trying to implement a recursive algorithm using a divide and conquer method to compute a product of matrices.

    Yet an error occurs when I try to assign an element in a list (representing a matrix)

    I can't understand where the problem comes from, since I tried on the shell to enter a matrix exactly as in the program and assign its values (C[0][0]=...) and it works.
    But when I try to execute the program, the following error is raised:

    line 42, in sqmat_mult_rec
    TypeError: 'int' object is not subscriptable

    Any idea?

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    Last edited: Dec 22, 2011
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  3. Dec 22, 2011 #2


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    Why don't you try printing out A, B and C right before the error occurs? The 'not subscriptable' error usually means that you are trying to look at a subscript that doesn't exist.
  4. Dec 22, 2011 #3
    I tried to and actually each of the objects I try to assign exist...
  5. Dec 22, 2011 #4


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    I'm sure they exist, but are they nested lists? When you write A[0][0], it means A must be of the form [[something]]. If A is a simple variable (which is what the message implies) or a simple list [], then you will get an error when you try to access A[0][0]. What does the print out of A and B look like?
  6. Dec 22, 2011 #5


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    Try adding
    Code (Text):

    before that call to see what type is getting passed. From the error, A or B are integers.
  7. Dec 25, 2011 #6
    A and B are nested lists indeed.
    They look like A=[[1,2,3],[2,3,4],[2,2,3]] for instance.
    But what amazes me is that when I try to work with A[0][0] in the python shell, then there is absolutely no problem whereas with my program (with IDLE) an error is raised...
  8. Dec 25, 2011 #7
    I get type list
  9. Dec 26, 2011 #8


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    Edit: Your problem is that when [itex]n[/itex] is 1, A and B are no longer nested lists.

    Then, the subscripting fails because A[0][0] doesn't exist when e.g. A = [1]
    Last edited: Dec 26, 2011
  10. Jan 2, 2012 #9
    sorry for the delay I had no internet access for a while
    thank you for your help jhae2.718, it looks like this was the problem indeed!
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