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May 4, 2017 8:52 AM
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I have a table with a column that contains a matrix in every row. I am writing a script to search within the matrix of a specific row. However, the problem I am running into is that when I try to retrieve a value from that column it returns as " { [1, 2, 3, 4] } " instead of as a matrix. This means I cannot use the Loc() function that I need. I figured out that if I subscript the list with a 1 (as in :Col[row][1]) then I get rid of the list brackets but I am still left with the matrix as a string ( "[1, 2, 3, 4]" ) and I still cannot use it in matrix functions.

What am I doing wrong and how can I get this to work???

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My guess is that the column has a data type of character.

You can convert the string to a list using Parse, then take the first element as a matrix:

```
value = " { [1, 2, 3, 4] } ";
lst = Parse(value);
show(lst);
mat = lst[1];
show(mat);
```

-Dave

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My guess is that the column has a data type of character.

You can convert the string to a list using Parse, then take the first element as a matrix:

```
value = " { [1, 2, 3, 4] } ";
lst = Parse(value);
show(lst);
mat = lst[1];
show(mat);
```

-Dave