Take

Take[list,n]

gives the first n elements of list.

Take[list,-n]

gives the last n elements of list.

Take[list,{m,n}]

gives elements m through n of list.

Take[list,seq1,seq2,]

gives a nested list in which elements specified by seqi are taken at level i in list.

Details

• Take uses the standard sequence specification:
•  All all elements None no elements n elements 1 through n UpTo[n] elements 1 up to at most n, as available -n last n elements {n} element n only {m,n} elements m through n inclusive {m,n,s} elements m through n in steps of s
• Take can be used on an object with any head, not necessarily List.
• Take[list,seq1,seq2] effectively extracts a submatrix from list.
• Applying Take to a SparseArray object normally yields another SparseArray object.
• Applying Take to an Association object yields an Association containing elements from the specified positions.

Examples

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Basic Examples(6)

Take the first 4 elements from a list:

Take the last 3 elements:

Take elements 2 through 4:

Take the second element from an Association:

Take all but the first element from an Association:

Take every other element from 2 to 6 from an Association:

Scope(8)

Take elements from the second to the second-to-last:

Take every other element:

Take the first two rows of a matrix:

Take all rows, and the first two columns:

Take the first two rows, and the last column:

Take a submatrix:

Take every other row and column:

Take the first 4 elements if possible, else as many as are available:

Generalizations & Extensions(2)

Take works with any head, not just List:

Take works with SparseArray objects:

Applications(2)

Pick out a subimage:

Sample every third cell in an image:

Properties & Relations(5)

Take and Drop are complementary:

Take is often equivalent to Part extraction with Range:

Take is equivalent to Part extraction with Span:

Take gives an array whose first dimensions are its arguments:

Reverse[e] is equivalent to Take[e,{-1,1,-1}]:

Possible Issues(1)

Take always returns a list, even if it is just taking a single element:

Wolfram Research (1988), Take, Wolfram Language function, https://reference.wolfram.com/language/ref/Take.html (updated 2015).

Text

Wolfram Research (1988), Take, Wolfram Language function, https://reference.wolfram.com/language/ref/Take.html (updated 2015).

CMS

Wolfram Language. 1988. "Take." Wolfram Language & System Documentation Center. Wolfram Research. Last Modified 2015. https://reference.wolfram.com/language/ref/Take.html.

APA

Wolfram Language. (1988). Take. Wolfram Language & System Documentation Center. Retrieved from https://reference.wolfram.com/language/ref/Take.html

BibTeX

@misc{reference.wolfram_2024_take, author="Wolfram Research", title="{Take}", year="2015", howpublished="\url{https://reference.wolfram.com/language/ref/Take.html}", note=[Accessed: 24-June-2024 ]}

BibLaTeX

@online{reference.wolfram_2024_take, organization={Wolfram Research}, title={Take}, year={2015}, url={https://reference.wolfram.com/language/ref/Take.html}, note=[Accessed: 24-June-2024 ]}