# Using Part rather than Extract

In my work I found that I needed the Extract function. However I was wondering if there was a way to use Part. Assume that mList is a 4-dim array.

I did the following, which worked.

x = {2, 10, 3, 4};
y = Extract[mList, x];


I found that I can't do this.

y = mList[[x]]


Is there a way to convert the list x, into a sequence of integers that I can use in Part? I tried enclosing it in Sequence, but that seemed to have no effect.

As I said, I'm fine without this, I was just wondering.

SeedRandom@1;
myList = RandomInteger[{0, 10}, {10, 10, 10, 10}];
x = {2, 10, 3, 4};
y = Extract[myList, x]

9

Part[myList, Sequence @@ x]

9


On a smaller list:

list = {{a, b}, {c, d}};
{Extract[list, {1, 1}], Part[list, Sequence @@ {1, 1}]}

{a, a}


Knowing that, as Kuba noted, Part[list, Sequence @@ {1, 1}] is equivalent to list[[##]] & @@ {1, 1}.

Two further variations of the same theme (actually for the first one only the input syntax is different):

myList[[Sequence@@x]]
mylist[[##&@@x]]


And a different one:

Part@@Prepend[x,myList]

• The first 2 in particular and very nice! The 3rd was very instructional. Jun 13, 2014 at 14:38

Try this also:

SeedRandom@1;
myList = RandomInteger[{0, 10}, {10, 10, 10, 10}];
y=myList[[Delete[x, 0]]]


or

y=myList[[x /. List -> Sequence]]