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I have a list of sequences of x's and y's. I want to switch the last position to the "opposite" symbol - if x, replace with y; if y, replace with x.

It is in the following format:


So for each monomial with length 7, I want to replace the last part with the opposite. Does anyone know an easy way to program it with Mathematica? I will be doing this for lists of different length: 7,11,13,15,17.

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@Kuba wicked :D – Yves Klett Jun 11 '14 at 18:34
@YvesKlett mine too, I've added A at the end to the result is clear now. Still not sure about my interpretation :) – Kuba Jun 11 '14 at 18:40
@Kuba d´oh! Well, go on and answer, then! – Yves Klett Jun 11 '14 at 18:40
@Öskå splitting hairs ;-) – Yves Klett Jun 11 '14 at 18:41
up vote 4 down vote accepted

Let's say your matrix is A, this method does not depend of length of inner lists:

A[[All, All, -1]] = A[[All, All, -1]] /. {x -> y, y -> x};

This one doesn't even care about the depth of the array:

A /. a : {(x | y) ..} :> MapAt[# /. {x -> y, y -> x} &, a, {-1}]
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Yes, that works for my problem. Thank you very much! – Laura Jun 11 '14 at 18:49
@Laura I'm glad it does. It is good habit to hold on with an accept a day or two, let's do not discourage others ;) you can still upvote it if you like. Good luck. – Kuba Jun 11 '14 at 18:51
Kuba, I changed your ;; to All so that it will work in v7 too; I hope you don't mind. (It adds a character but it seems clearer too.) Why don't you include a pure MapAt solution using All (for v9)? – Mr.Wizard Jun 11 '14 at 18:57
Never mind the second part; I see kguler beat you to it. – Mr.Wizard Jun 11 '14 at 18:57
@Mr.Wizard I wasn't aware ;; does not work in V7. I guess I was writing Fors back in those days :P I will use All from now on, at least here. – Kuba Jun 11 '14 at 18:59
dt = RandomChoice[{x, y}, {2, 3, 4}]
(* {{{x, x, x, y}, {x, y, y, y}, {y, y, x, x}}, 
    {{x, x, x, x}, {x, x, y, x}, {x, y, x, y}}} *)

f = MapAt[# /. {x -> y, y -> x} &, #, {{All, All, -1}}] &;
(* {{{x, x, x, x}, {x, y, y, x}, {y, y, x, y}}, 
    {{x, x, x, y}, {x, x, y, y}, {x, y, x, x}}} *)
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