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From: Andrew Lumsdaine (lums_at_[hidden])
Date: 2001-06-11 20:56:52

> > *i ?? // returns a matrix or vector element object.
> > value(i) // return the element value
> > row(i) // returns the row index
> > column(i) // return the column index
> > index(i) // return the index (for vectors)
> Yes, I like this.

One thing Jeremy and I had tossed around some time ago while trying to get a
handle on what is a matrix is that a matrix could be viewed as a
doubly-indexed associative container. If this seems like an interesting or
reasonable view of a matrix, then the iterator interface might look
something like std::map, but in this case the value type would be a triple
(key1, key2, value) instead of a pair. The tuple library might have some
bearing on the interface in this case.

So here is a question. Are the following semantically equivalent (is the
difference only syntax)? Is there any reason to choose one over the other?




I think the third option (row(i), col(i), val(i)) makes for the more general
case of a triple, but perhaps it would be too general?

Again, it might be interesting to throw some algorithms around to see if
anything interesting falls out in comparing and contrasting these.

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