# [PyAR2] TypeError: 'int' object is not subscriptable

Rob Nichols rob at robnet.com
Mon Aug 22 16:34:21 CEST 2011

```This is a little off topic and you probably already have something similar, but this site has a bunch of puzzles that can be handy for testing your resulting program.  (At least, that's how I tested mine… :-)

On Aug 21, 2011, at 1:54 PM, Carl Burch wrote:

> Yes, you access an element with r[i][j], since after all a 2d array is just the same as a list of lists; r[i] is a single one of those lists, and you'd add [j] to extract an element from that list.
>
> To go further beyond what you ask: It's also interesting how you can do the same thing with list comprehensions:
>
> col[0] = [r[0] for r in row]
>
> Here, r iterates through each row in the row array, and we build up an array of all the r[0]'s.
>
> You could repeat this same line 8 more times, but I'd put it into a loop:
>
> for i in range(9):
>   col[i] = [r[i] for r in row]
>
> Or we could even nest the comprehension into another comprehension:
>
> col = [[r[i] for r in row] for i in range(9)]
>
> Maybe somebody else has an even cleverer way to build up the translation of a 2d array.
>
> -Carl
>
> On Aug 21, 2011, at 12:20 PM, Coltrey Mather <pyar2 at cowsgomoo.org> wrote:
>
>>
>> On Aug 21, 2011 9:04 AM, "Daniel Veazey" <daniel at danielveazey.com> wrote:
>> > In my efforts to learn Python, I'm trying to write a program to solve a
>> > Sudoku puzzle. Here is the code I have so far:
>> >
>> > ## define and populate the board by rows; 0 = unsolved position
>> > row = [0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8]
>> > row[0] = [5, 6, 0, 0, 4, 1, 0, 0, 8]
>> > row[1] = [1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 9, 0, 7, 0]
>> > row[2] = [0, 8, 0, 5, 0, 2, 3, 0, 0]
>> > row[3] = [3, 0, 9, 0, 2, 0, 0, 5, 0]
>> > row[4] = [0, 7, 0, 3, 0, 5, 0, 9, 0]
>> > row[5] = [0, 5, 0, 0, 7, 0, 6, 0, 1]
>> > row[6] = [0, 0, 2, 1, 0, 3, 0, 6, 0]
>> > row[7] = [0, 3, 0, 2, 0, 0, 0, 0, 9]
>> > row[8] = [6, 0, 0, 4, 5, 0, 0, 8, 3]
>> >
>> > ## define and populate the columns by referring to the rows
>> > col = [0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8]
>> > col[0] = [row[0[0]], row[1[0]], row[2[0]], row[3[0]], row[4[0]], row[5[0]],
>> > row[6[0]], row[7[0]], row[8[0]]]
>> > col[1] = [row[0[1]], row[1[1]], row[2[1]], row[3[1]], row[4[1]], row[5[1]],
>> > row[6[1]], row[7[1]], row[8[1]]]
>> > col[2] = [row[0[2]], row[1[2]], row[2[2]], row[3[2]], row[4[2]], row[5[2]],
>> > row[6[2]], row[7[2]], row[8[2]]]
>> > col[3] = [row[0[3]], row[1[3]], row[2[3]], row[3[3]], row[4[3]], row[5[3]],
>> > row[6[3]], row[7[3]], row[8[3]]]
>> > col[4] = [row[0[4]], row[1[4]], row[2[4]], row[3[4]], row[4[4]], row[5[4]],
>> > row[6[4]], row[7[4]], row[8[4]]]
>> > col[5] = [row[0[5]], row[1[5]], row[2[5]], row[3[5]], row[4[5]], row[5[5]],
>> > row[6[5]], row[7[5]], row[8[5]]]
>> > col[6] = [row[0[6]], row[1[6]], row[2[6]], row[3[6]], row[4[6]], row[5[6]],
>> > row[6[6]], row[7[6]], row[8[6]]]
>> > col[7] = [row[0[7]], row[1[7]], row[2[7]], row[3[7]], row[4[7]], row[5[7]],
>> > row[6[7]], row[7[7]], row[8[7]]]
>> > col[8] = [row[0[8]], row[1[8]], row[2[8]], row[3[8]], row[4[8]], row[5[8]],
>> > row[6[8]], row[7[8]], row[8[8]]]
>> >
>> > When I run the program, the first part of defining the rows runs fine, but
>> > when I start to define the columns, I get this error:
>> >
>> > Traceback (most recent call last):
>> > File "sudoku_solver_1.py", line 15, in <module>
>> > col[0] = [row[0[0]], row[1[0]], row[2[0]], row[3[0]], row[4[0]],
>> > row[5[0]], row[6[0]], row[7[0]], row[8[0]]]
>> > TypeError: 'int' object is not subscriptable
>> >
>> > I'm not quite sure what I'm doing wrong here. I want to nest a list inside
>> > the list col by referring to the nested lists in row. Any tips on why I'm
>> > getting this error or what I should do to fix it?
>> >
>> > Thanks,
>> > Daniel
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