
Re: Working with arrays
Posted:
Jun 17, 2013 6:14 AM


Just use plain old "." (period).
CenterDot has no builtin meaning, as DocumentationCenter page ref/CenterDot explains. You could give it the meaning of Dot by using the Notation package, but that would merely provide a bit of notational proximity to the usual mathematical notation at the expense of the annoyance and traps of the package.
On Jun 16, 2013, at 5:19 AM, amannucci <Anthony.J.Mannucci@jpl.nasa.gov> wrote:
> I thought I understood variables. This sequence completely mystifies me: > Clear[lA, xtest] > lA = {{1, 2, 3}, {4, 5, 6}, {7, 8, 9}}; > xtest = {4, 5, 6}; > lA\[CenterDot]xtest (* First case *) > {{a, b}, {c, d}} . {x, y} (* Second case *) > > The output is: > > {{1, 2, 3}, {4, 5, 6}, {7, 8, 9}}\[CenterDot]{4, 5, 6} > > {a x + b y, c x + d y} > > How do I force matrix multiplication to actually occur, as in the second answer? Why does Mathematica do the matrix multiply in the second case but not the first? > > Thanks for any help. > > Tony
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