# Acessing element of an array which is a element in a matrix

## Issue

Currently I am working on a project where I have to transform a Matlab code into a Python code.
Now I am stuck on small problem which might be a big problem.

For example I have a Matrix and I want to give the positions [0][i] the value lets say 1 and i is 0 to 5.
The Matrix is 4×4 (to small for [0][5]) but on position [0][0] is an array with 3 elements.

So it would look like `code`M = [[array, 1 , 2, 3],
[array, 1 , 2, 3],
[array, 1 , 2, 3]]`code` and array would just be`code` array =[1,2,3]. `code`

I hope I descripted it clear. Feel free to ask more ðŸ˜€

Now the problem which I have is that I want the first element of the array is [0][0] so that the number 3 in the first row ist [0][5]. Is it possible to declare the first element of an array to the matrix position [0][0]?
I am grateful for every solutions or ideas. Thanks ðŸ™‚

## Solution

Maybe is better solution to use iterable unpacking operator(*) to unpack your iterables

Unpacking in Python refers to an operation that consists of assigning an iterable of values to a tuple (or list ) of variables in a single assignment statement.

Example:

``````array =[1,2,3]
M = [[*array, 1 , 2, 3], [*array, 1 , 2, 3], [*array, 1 , 2, 3]]
print (M) # [[1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3], [1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3], [1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3]]
print (M[0][5]) # 3
``````

Or add value at beginning of list, there are several solutions, here is one of the examples:

``````array =[1,2,3]
M = [[array, 1 , 2, 3], [array, 1 , 2, 3], [array, 1 , 2, 3]]
M = [[0,0]+l for l in M]
print (M) # [[0, 0, [1, 2, 3], 1, 2, 3], [0, 0, [1, 2, 3], 1, 2, 3], [0, 0, [1, 2, 3], 1, 2, 3]]
print (M[0][5]) # 3
``````

Also you can use Python insert() function:

The insert() method inserts an element to the list at the specified index.

Syntax: list.insert(idx, elem)

``````for l in M:
l.insert(0,0)
l.insert(1,0)
print (M) # [[0, 0, [1, 2, 3], 1, 2, 3], [0, 0, [1, 2, 3], 1, 2, 3], [0, 0, [1, 2, 3], 1, 2, 3]]
print (M[0][5]) # 3
``````

Answered By – ncica

Answer Checked By – Cary Denson (AngularFixing Admin)