I need to use in Fortran, matrices that I create in Mathematica, therefore, I need to format them, so that Fortan can understand them. I focus on the simplest example:

Let's say I have tha matrix A created in Mathematica

A = {{1, 1}, {1, 1}};

Then, I am supposed to use FortranForm


which gives as an output


My question is, what do I do with this now? This cannot be the input file to Fortran, since this should be only numbers as far as I am aware. It could be that, the input file to Fortran is the out put of


but this is nothing in Mathematica, so it does not give any output.

Any help please?

  • $\begingroup$ I think FortranForm was made for converting formulae to a form that's either usable with Fortran or is easy enough to edit to make it usable with Fortran. If it encounters a function it doesn't support, it keeps its name and uses parentheses for the call. In this case it thinks List is a function. $\endgroup$ – Szabolcs Jun 23 '14 at 17:45
  • $\begingroup$ I had the same problem while converting an analytical matrix to fortran. It took me several regular expressions to get the output in a reasonable form. The biggest problem was the conversion of literal constants to double precision while list indices should remain integer... $\endgroup$ – Stefan Jun 24 '14 at 5:17

FortranForm is really pretty limited. You need to do something like this:

 A = {{1, 1. 10^7}, {2., 1}}
       Riffle[ ToString[FortranForm[#]] & /@ Flatten[A] , ","], 



 StringJoin@{"data a/", 
     Riffle[ ToString[FortranForm[#]] & /@ Flatten[A] , ","], "/"}

"data a/1,1.e7,2.,1/"

( you likely want to Transpose[A] as well )

  • $\begingroup$ Thanks alot for the answer, but, as far as I am aware, (and actually have checked) is that, if I want, Fortran to read my matrix A by using read* , the input file should be just a list of numbers with no comas, no brackets...and then Fortran will give them the position in the matrix according to the dimensions I set in the program $\endgroup$ – Mencia Jun 23 '14 at 17:35
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    $\begingroup$ oh..for that just Export[filename,A,"Table"] and fortran will read it with a simple read(unit,*)a . (again you might want to Transpose[A] first.) $\endgroup$ – george2079 Jun 23 '14 at 17:42
  • $\begingroup$ You mean, read(unit,*), A ? $\endgroup$ – Mencia Jun 23 '14 at 17:43
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    $\begingroup$ the extra comma is not needed. If you are reading from standard input you could use read*,a as well. $\endgroup$ – george2079 Jun 23 '14 at 17:47
  • $\begingroup$ @george2079 I am afraid you have made a mistake. Because fortran stores arrays as column major. for example {{1,2},{3,4}} in mathematica is actually reshape((/1,3,2,4/),(/2,2/)) in fortran. You have to transpose the list first $\endgroup$ – matheorem Dec 29 '15 at 13:01

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