I have a list named data that contains lists of arbitrary size,

data={{0.5, 0.5}, {}, {0.5, 0.5, 0.5}, {}, {}, {}, {}, {}, {}, {}}

I now want to generate for each sub-list the appropriate number of sliders (for the empty sets none, though I believe they are easy to skip). However, I am not sure if this is even possible.

In my quest I stumbled upon this thread, Manipulate with a variable number of sliders, which allows me to generate sliders for one sub-list,

Table[With[{i = i}, {Slider[Dynamic[data[[1]][[i]]]], 
 Dynamic[data[[1]][[i]]]}], {i, Length[data[[1]]]}]]] 

This works perfectly fine if I use a constant as an index for data, in this case 1.

However, if I want to extend this by using a for loop or a table to make that index variable, say

Table[With[{i = i}, {Slider[Dynamic[data[[k]][[i]]]], 
 Dynamic[data[[k]][[i]]]}], {i, Length[data[[k]]]}]]],{k,1,1}]

the k gets marked red and the code fails. Is it even possible to generate sliders this way? I imagine the reason that the code fails is that Dynamic requires the object under consideration to remain constant, but is there a way around this?

  • $\begingroup$ What does the numbers in the sublists represent? $\endgroup$
    – C. E.
    Commented Jun 16, 2014 at 22:02
  • $\begingroup$ Probabilities which exist for some variables but not for others. $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 16, 2014 at 22:04

1 Answer 1


May be something like this would work:

   data2 = Select[data, Length@# > 1 &];

    With[{i = i, k = k}, {Slider[Dynamic[data2[[k]][[i]]]], 
      Dynamic[data2[[k]][[i]]]}], {k, 1, Length@data2, 1}, {i, 1, 

Second option: To work directly with data you can try this:

 data = {{0.5, 0.5}, {}, {0.5, 0.5, 0.5}, {}, {}, {}, {}, {}, {}, {}};
 index = Complement[Range[Length@data], Position[data, {}] // Flatten];

    With[{i = i, k = k}, {Slider[Dynamic[data[[k]][[i]]]], 
      Dynamic[data[[k]][[i]]]}], {k, index}, {i, 1, 
  • $\begingroup$ Is there a way for the sliders to change the values in the original data, not data2? Apart from that it is exactly what I am looking for. $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 16, 2014 at 22:34
  • $\begingroup$ @hpschrei I have added what you want. $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 17, 2014 at 2:12
  • $\begingroup$ Perfect, thank you so much! $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 17, 2014 at 6:01

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