This is documentation for Mathematica 8, which was
based on an earlier version of the Wolfram Language.
How to | Get Parts of a Matrix
Mathematica has many matrix operations that support operations such as building, computing, and visualizing matrices. It also has a rich language for picking out and extracting parts of matrices.
Define the following matrix. Note how a matrix in Mathematica is not restricted to number entries:
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Use Part to go to the first row and take the second element:
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Or use the shorthand notation for Part:
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To take an entire row, use one index to specify the row:
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To take an entire column, you need to select all rows with All and specify the column:
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To pick out a submatrix you can use Span (). First define a 4×5 matrix:
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The top-left 3×4 matrix with bold entries here corresponds to rows 1 through 3 and columns 1 through 4:
Extract the highlighted matrix by using Span () to specify the relevant span of rows and columns:
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Extract all elements except the outermost rows and columns (negative indices count from the end):
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