I'm currently learning from the wonderful post:

Where can I find examples of good Mathematica programming practice?

And i'm correcting my habits using Nest/Map/Thread instead of loops. The problem that i'm having is that i cannot find a clear/elegant expression using functional programming aproaches to do the following:

Imagine that you have a nxn matrix. I want to create a function that for each non-border entry of the matrix ( $i,j \neq 1,n$ ) the result will be the sum of all adjacent entries. For example:

$ f(A_{i,j} )= A_{i-1,j-1}+A_{i,j-1}+A_{i+1,j-1}+A_{i-1,j}+A_{i+1,j}+A_{i-1,j+1}+A_{i,j+1}+A_{i+1,j+1} $.

I'm sure that there will be thousands of elegant ways to do this. I'm really waiting to see your nice approach.

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    $\begingroup$ Hi, take a look at ListConvolve. $\endgroup$
    – Kuba
    Feb 12, 2015 at 14:37

1 Answer 1


You can use ListConvolve or ListCorrelate, like this:

{{1, 1, 1},
 {1, 0, 1},
 {1, 1, 1}}, mat]
  • $\begingroup$ And in the case that the function is not Plus? For example, times? $\endgroup$
    – Dargor
    Feb 12, 2015 at 15:30
  • $\begingroup$ @PabloGalindoSalgado Did you check the documentation links I posted? The answer is right there. $\endgroup$
    – Szabolcs
    Feb 12, 2015 at 15:39
  • $\begingroup$ Oh, you are right. So so sorry. Thank you so much! $\endgroup$
    – Dargor
    Feb 12, 2015 at 15:45

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