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Dear GAP Forum,

Kurt Ewald asks:

I have gap> x:=GL(3,3); GL(3,3) gap> Random(x); [ [ Z(3)^0, Z(3)^0, Z(3)^0 ], [ Z(3)^0, Z(3), Z(3) ], [ 0*Z(3), Z(3)^0, Z(3) ] ] Is there a command to get the matrix in a quadratic form as:[ Z(3)^0, Z(3)^0, Z(3)^0 ] [ Z(3)^0, Z(3), Z(3) ] [ 0*Z(3), Z(3)^0, Z(3) ]

I assume that by "quadratic form" you are simply seeking a more pleasing

layout.

There are two possible solutions.

Firstly as Dmitrii Pasechnik has already suggested, you can use the PrintArray

function, to get a tabular layout of a list of lists.

Secondly, you can use the general GAP4 procedure Display() which is intended

to display any object in a formatted way for a human reader (which is

typically not parseable by GAP). We are still adding methods for Display'ing

different sorts of objects as we think of them, and have the time.

For example:

gap> x:=GL(3,3); GL(3,3) gap> Random(x); [ [ Z(3), Z(3), Z(3)^0 ], [ Z(3), Z(3)^0, Z(3)^0 ], [ Z(3)^0, Z(3)^0, 0*Z(3) ] ] gap> Display(last); 2 2 1 2 1 1 1 1 . gap> PrintArray(last); [ [ Z(3), Z(3), Z(3)^0 ], [ Z(3), Z(3)^0, Z(3)^0 ], [ Z(3)^0, Z(3)^0, 0*Z(3) ] ]

Steve

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