# Example question - not understanding answer

Natasha Reaney

Greenhorn

Posts: 15

posted 3 years ago

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You are trying to assign the array element with the value of the previous array element.

So you start with index 1 and assign the value of index 0 which is "1" and then you continue so on until you have exhausted the array and end up assigning all the elements with the value 1.

Please trace the program using pen and paper and see how it works. You can even use a debugger or use print statements in the code to understand the flow and values of each variables.

So you start with index 1 and assign the value of index 0 which is "1" and then you continue so on until you have exhausted the array and end up assigning all the elements with the value 1.

Please trace the program using pen and paper and see how it works. You can even use a debugger or use print statements in the code to understand the flow and values of each variables.

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Rameshwar Soni

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Posts: 247

posted 3 years ago

Array index starts from 0. Therefore

Similarly

Now you have this statement

Therefore list[1] = list [1-1] ------------> list [1] = list [0]---------> Replace list[1] element with list[0]-----> therefore 1 is stored in list[1] instead of 2, since list[0] has 1.

Therefore list[2] = list [2-1]----------> list[2] = list [1]-------------> Replace list[2] element with list[1]-----> therefore again 1 is stored in list [2] since list[1] has 1 from iteration 1

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Natasha Reaney wrote:

Why is it that the i does not move, or rather why does the output remain 1?

Array index starts from 0. Therefore

**list[0]**has the first element i.e.

**1**(here in your example as you have written this)

Similarly

**list[1]**has second element i.e.

**2**and so on.

Now you have this statement

**First Iteration**: Here i =1

Therefore list[1] = list [1-1] ------------> list [1] = list [0]---------> Replace list[1] element with list[0]-----> therefore 1 is stored in list[1] instead of 2, since list[0] has 1.

**Second Iteration**Here i=2

Therefore list[2] = list [2-1]----------> list[2] = list [1]-------------> Replace list[2] element with list[1]-----> therefore again 1 is stored in list [2] since list[1] has 1 from iteration 1

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Campbell Ritchie

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