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Topic: Map
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Bob Hanlon

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Re: Map
Posted: May 25, 2013 5:33 AM
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hklist = Array[h, {5, 3}];

bragg = {b1, b2, b3};

qbarlist = Map[(# - bragg) &, hklist, {2, 2}];

As stated in the documentation ( ), the third argument
to Map is the level specification and the form {n1, n2} specifies levels n1
through n2. In this case n1 and n2 are equal so it is equivalent to just

qbarlist === Map[(# - bragg) &, hklist, {2}]


If you look at your outputs carefully you will see that you do not get the
same result with a third argument of {1}

qbarlist === Map[(# - bragg) &, hklist, {1}]


qbarlist // Dimensions

{5, 3, 3}

Map[(# - bragg) &, hklist, {1}] // Dimensions

{5, 3}

Examine the two different arrays above to understand the different behavior.

Bob Hanlon

On Fri, May 24, 2013 at 6:25 AM, Jon Morris <>wrote:

> I'm new to Mathematica and I've been given some code to help me analyse
> some data. I'm trying to understand what the Map function does,
> specifically what the {2,2} means?
> qbarlist = Map[(# - bragg) &, hkllist,{2, 2}];
> hklist is a 3 column list, bragg is a three element vector.
> When I try the same line with {2} or {1} I seem to get the same answer.
> The online explanation of this term does not make that much sense to me.
> I'd be very grateful if someone could explain the purpose of the last term
> of the Map syntax.
> Thanks,
> Jon

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