Questions on expression testing and manipulation through pattern matching and constructing efficient patterns.

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Applying rules to rewrite expressions that contain patterns

I'm trying to write a rule that can rewrite a pattern that exists in another expression. For some reason, this is proving to be more challenging than I expected ... most likely because I'm not totally ...
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Elegant transformation of various rules to strings, {f[z_] -> y} becomes “f = @(z) y”

Assume that I have some function for transformation mathematica expressions to strings. For simplicity, just assume it is an identity: ...
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Flat function with repeated sequence

There are functions like Join[ ] that accept a variable number of arguments. Join is a flat function, as the order of arguments ...
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transformation patterns don't work with constants

I want to do the reverse of PowerExpand and convert 2*Log[x+y] to Log[(x+y)^2]. The rule: t_ Log[x_] -> Log[x^t] works for ...
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Using Associations and Pattern matching in numerical functions possibly broken

It looks like the very young feature of pattern matching (/replacing) within Associations (http://mathematica.stackexchange.com/a/119542/6804), with or without ...
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Why is head evaluation inconsistent in pattern replacement?

I noticed the following unexpected result: In[90]:= "foo" /. x_String -> Head[x] Out[90]= Symbol Why is it that Head[x] ...
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Braces in pattern with Cases function

Here's my problem: I've got a JSON-formatted response and want to match some variables over the response. I'm doing it using Cases: ...
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Pattern matching & simple replacement

I have a question about an expression that I want to modify. Here is the expression: ...
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Extracting numerical coefficients from an expression

I have very large expression and I want to extract and sum up all the numerical coefficients which multiply the summands. For example, expr = x + 2*y + 3*z*w ...
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What's the pattern that will match a head anywhere in an expression

I'm looking for the pattern patt[head] that will match any expression expr in which head occurs as a head anywhere within expr. ...
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Isolating a prefactor in an analytical expression

I have a large mathematica expression that looks roughly like f = A1 Exp[a1 x] + A2 Exp[a2 x] + b1/x + b2/x^2 + c0 + c1 x + c2 x^2 where all the $A_n,a_n,b_n,...
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Remove an element of a list [duplicate]

I want to check if any element of a list contains Missing["NotAvailable"] If so I want to delete the entire list. If I am correct I need to have some ...
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Evaluation of BlankNullSequence inside StringReplace

I would like to replace the occurrence of "a(x)" and "b(x)" in a list with "a(x-na)" and <...
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Default value behaves differently when used in Function and when used with Cases

Consider this example: Cases[{4, x, 5 a , 6 x}, x_.*a_ :> x] (*{1, 1, 5, 6}*) It is clear that the _. took 1 as a ...
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Mathematica won't plot the a function that is solved from NDSolve

I have used NDSolve to solve for a function (an angle of a triple pendulum), and now I wish to plot the derivative of that function (the angular velocity). ...
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Deleting empty cells and selecting cells matching a pattern

Is there any way for me to automatically select all cells that are completely empty? You know, those cells that you create but end up cutting what's in them and paste it somewhere else, so after a ...
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How can I get the functionality of a command ReplaceAllList?

I'm trying to use ReplaceList to match subexpressions. I expected the command: ReplaceList[{p, {p, p}}, {x_, y_} -> x y] to output two results, equivalent to: ...
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Function to differentiate between date pattern and specific string format

I'd like to write a function that behaves one way when the argument is a Mathematica date, such as {2013,12,15}, or with added hours, minutes and seconds if ...
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Using transformation rules to manipulate expressions

I'm trying out Mathematica as a replacement for LaTeX for typesetting math. It works very well, but I would like to take advantage of Mathematica's computer algebra capabilities as well. Specifically, ...
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Removing characters from non-strings

I have a large list of lists that contains mixed data, some real, some strings. The lists are of various lengths and depths. Some of the real data values have an asterisk appended to them, e.g.: <...
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How to use slots and patterns to reduce repetitive calculation?

This is kind of complicated... How can we make MMa calculate values of a function before doing multiple pattern or slot substitutions? Answers to similar questions didn't cover the case where the ...
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Linear function on strings using UpValues

I have two functions Sup and Sdown that take a string of letters with allowed characters ...
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Functions that operate on symbolic matrices?

I'd like to write functions that operate on symbolic matrices, and do nothing when fed anything else. ...
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How to Set Priority Between Longest and Shortest [closed]

As is shown in this post's answer, it seems that though you can set priority of Longest (or Shortest) by ...
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Replacement rule for summation with Kronecker delta

I want to perform some symbolic computations in index notation, without explicit reference to sums, so that in expressions of the type f[i,j]g[j,k] summation over <...
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Pattern Matching and overloading NonCommutativeMultiply [duplicate]

My goal right now is to implement some rules like linearity etc for noncommuting operators (arbitrary matrices etc). This is partly an exercise for me to understand MMA better so giving me a package ...
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Good coding for integral substituions

This question is aimed at improving both my coding and my understanding of MMa's capabilities. A lot of my code is still hacks and workarounds for things I don't know how to do properly. I want to ...
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How do I let Fourier Transform know that it is a linear operator? [duplicate]

I have the following issue with FourierTransform, Fourier transform doesn't seem to know it is a linear operator. ...
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pattern matching and applying a function, not working as expected [duplicate]

Consider the following code G[x, y] /. a_[b__] -> Total[a @@@ Permutations[List[b]]] I expect it to give G[x, y]+G[y,x] ...
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Understanding the order of applying Rule to expression [closed]

I am a little confused about: In what order is a Rule tried to apply to an expression? In a depth-first order or otherwise? For example, ...
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NDSolve Issue with initial conditions

I am trying to implement a Poincare section for a gravitational movement on the plane $(x,y)$. Here is the code I wrote ...
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Detecting a more general pattern [duplicate]

I need a function that, given 2 patterns, determines if the first pattern is more general than the second (i.e. that any expression successfully matched by the second, will be successfully matched by ...
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Dropping rational coefficients

I have a list of expressions (they all are exact numeric quantities, not containing any variables), some of them have integer or rationals coefficients, or complex coefficients with rational or ...
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How do I combine the data from two tables according to a rule of my own devising?

I have two matrices a = m x 5 and b =m x 5 (m is large, say 1,000) which are already sorted as below: How to generate a new matrix c = m x 5 which consists: Column 1: exact replica of Column 1 ...
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Command like “find” in Matlab [closed]

Is there a command working exactly like Matlab's find? I know that Pick might work, but I just want to give a logic condition ...
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What does the slash-colon symbol do?

I came across a bit of code that uses the syntax /: and I don't know what it does. I can't find its documentation, or maybe I'm just not looking properly. The code ...
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Can I map a function over a sequence of arguments without making the arguments into a list first?

I would like to set evenFunction[f_][a_, b_, c_, ...] = f[Abs[a], Abs[b], Abs[c], ...] I have come up with two ways to do this so far. Use pure functions <...
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Making a replacement on the numerator and denominator of a rational number

It's isn't a big deal, but when I run the following I don't get the output I expect. After discussing this in the comments it appears it has to do with being an atomic expression. ...
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Named patterns as function argument descriptors

I have a function timeToMinutes that takes a 24-hour time as a string argument (in digital clock format, e.g., "15:47") and converts it to the number of minutes ...
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Using patterns in ReplaceAll to extract elements from tuples at arbitrary depths

Please consider the following: I need to extract from MyList all last parts of each 3-tuple. ...
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Patterns with inactive integrals

I am trying to do algebra on unsolved integrals but not getting the pattern-matching right. I want the correlation of f[x] and f[x]+a*d[x], normalized by their self correlations. ...
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text analysis: split document in seperated lines

For a text analysis I want to split a large document in seperated lines. Then I want to calculated for example the average number of words. A example of the document is the following: ...
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Need an efficient way to do this list manipulation

Lets say i have two lists with me as given below: l1 = {4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12}; l2 = {2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7}; Now i have a function S2P(details irrelevant) which takes ...
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How to generate patterns by a list of integers

I have a list of integers {3,4,2,2}. This list will give patterns {x_,_,y_,y_,_,_,z_,z_,w_,w_,x_} and ...
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Use cases to exclude data values over a certain threshold

I am trying to parse data output from a fluorometer. My output is basically signal intensity over time. So I have a list of 2 value lists with the first value time and the second signal e.g., ...
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Filtering and summing sublists with Cases

I've declared a list: list = {{1, 2}, {2}, {3, 4, 1}, {5, 4}, {3, 3}, {a, b, c}, {e, f}, {g}, {}, {Sin[a], Cos[b]}}; now I've made an rule which add 2 pairs ...
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What is the role of the pattern object in this implementation?

In the documentation I found a nice idiom which allows me to do model fitting with interpolating functions. I think this kind of thing is amazing and a credit to the utility of an environment like ...
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ReplaceAll - Position of list arguments not displayed properly [closed]

This code A[1, 2, 4, 5] /. A[a___] -> Position[{a}, 4] return {} Why this code not return 3 (a position of number 4) ? I ...
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“Nonatomic expression” error when identifying certain positions in a list [duplicate]

Please can anyone help ? I have a list of sets, and I am trying to find the positions in that list of those sets which are subsets of a given set. (Here I am ignoring the distinction between lists and ...