# [SciPy-user] unexpected matrix behavior

Travis Oliphant oliphant.travis at ieee.org
Thu Dec 15 22:13:13 CST 2005

```Alan G Isaac wrote:

>I would like to understand the behavior of matrices,
>as shown below.  Is it expected?  If so, what is the
>general principle?
>
>
>
Yes this is expected...

>>>>x = [[1,2],[3,4]]
>>>>y = scipy.array(x)
>>>>z = scipy.mat(x)
>>>>xz = zip(*x)
>>>>yz = zip(*y)
>>>>zz = zip(*z)
>>>>xz
>>>>
>>>>
>[(1, 3), (2, 4)]
>
>
>>>>yz
>>>>
>>>>
>[(1, 3), (2, 4)]
>
>
>>>>zz
>>>>
>>>>
>[(matrix([[1, 2]]), matrix([[3, 4]]))]
>
>
>
The general principle is that matrices are *always*  two-dimensional and
when you slice a matrix you get a matrix.

Thus, the essential difference is that

z[0] is another two-dimensional object while y[0] and x[0] are both
one-dimensional objects.

Compare:  len(z[0]) with len(x[0]) and len(y[0]) to see what's really
going on.

An array view of the same data is always available as z.A

So, zip(*z.A) gives

[(1, 3), (2, 4)]

-Travis

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