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I have the following:

animals = {{dog, black, 200}, {cat, white, 100}, {moose, brown, 500}, {zebra,black,100}}

If this came from a SQL table called animals, which has fields named: type of animal, color, weight

I would say:

Select * from animals WHERE weight = 100

How do you do this in Mathematica?

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Related: (3916), (9269), (9702), (44256) –  Mr.Wizard Apr 30 at 8:11

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animals={{dog,black,200},{cat,white,100},{moose,brown,500},{zebra,black,100}}

Cases[animals,{_,_,100}]

(*or*)

Select[animals,#[[3]]==100&]

Among others...

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Thanks!... I am new to Mathematica and I am finding getting up to speed despite reading 5 books on it is hard. Appreciate the help! –  David Kerr Apr 6 at 1:39
    
@DavidKerr: Have a look at q/a here and here. Both excellent mini-tutorials at this very site. –  rasher Apr 6 at 1:52
    
Thanks for the links. So for say greater than 100 how would you do that in the Cases command? I figured out how to do in select. What does the # and & do in cases? –  David Kerr Apr 6 at 2:02
    
Cases[animals,{_,_,x_/;x>100}]. The x gives the placeholder a name you can then do things with (like test). The # and & in Select are placeholder (slot) and pure-function elements. Check the docs for Select, it covers it there. –  rasher Apr 6 at 5:09
    
Thanks. If you get pointed in the right direction with a few hints it gives geometric progress! –  David Kerr Apr 6 at 13:33

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