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

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What does `: Hold[$IterationLimit]` mean?

In this answer, what does the : Hold[$IterationLimit] part of the following construct do? ...
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NotebookFind and String Pattern Expressions

Is there a way that NotebookFind can be used to match string pattern expressions rather than just strings? The documentation for ...
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Pattern to match a non-empty list of non-empty lists

Is there a pattern to match a list of lists, containing at least one list, with each list containing at least one element? In the Mathematica documentation it says that the pattern ...
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Bug in RepeatedNull?

RepeatedNull appears to be buggy (versions 8.0, and 9.0). Define f as follows: ...
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Pattern that matches colors

Suppose I'm writing a function that takes a color as a parameter; for example: drawShape[color_] := Graphics[{Style[Disk[], color]}]; But if the caller inputs an ...
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Using patterns in pure functions

Pure functions may be handy if you don't want to assign your function a name. For example I would calculate $x(x-1)$ for some numbers $x$ by ...
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Soft-Match String Comparison

I have a list of names in which I would like to check for duplicates. However, within the list, the duplicates may not show up as exact duplicates of each other - for instance, ...
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Using Position (which requires a pattern) in the same manner as Select (which requires a criterion)

I am using Mathematica7. I have a list of lists (creatively named list in the following sample code) containing data. I would like to find the positions of the ...
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How to match a cyclically repeating sequence?

I have run across several times recently where I must match a sequence that is cyclically repeating. For example, with the sequence, Sequence[a, b, c] how would ...
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Assessing argument type in set delayed function definitions

I'm wondering how to properly assess the type of arguments passed to functions defined with :=. I want my functions to be the most efficient, unambiguous and clear ...
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How to use pattern matching to assign values to Subscript[f,x_]?

I want to define two subscripted functions Subscript[f,1] and Subscript[f,2]. To keep the assignments local, I would like to ...
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Passing down arguments

In R, one can use ... to pass arguments down to another function. For example ...
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Is it possible to separately call the default value of a variable which isn't at the end of the sequence?

After reading this post I recalled an old question I once met. We know that we can set default values for variables of a function: ...
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Why does the name of a pattern affect the result of a transformation rule?

I was playing a little dirty, trying to get a template for defining a Curl[] operator. I wrote the following rule, which I knew was going to spit out a few ...
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Pattern matching Q for rectangular data matrices

Given a List of rectangular nx3 arrays of data, each of the form {...,{x,y,z},...}, (the ellipses are not Mathematica pattern syntax, just for illustration). Some members of this list may be - by ...
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Built in way to de-list singletons?

Is there a built in method to de-list singleton expressions, like this rule-based solution: expr_ :> If[Length[expr] == 1, First@expr, expr] In data ...
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Delete contexts from a string representation of a symbol

I want to delete the string representing the context of a symbol. For info I need such a functionality in my ShowIt function defined here I'd like to know how I ...
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Get DownValues that do not involve patterns?

Say I have a function with a few definitions that also implements memoization: f[x_] := f[x] = x^2 f[x_, y_] := f[x, y] = x^2 + y^2 I then apply the function to ...
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How can I remove matching sublists from my list?

I want to use DeleteCases (or any appropriate function) to remove elements of a list, which in turn are lists of fixed size. The rule I wish to apply is that any ...
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Splitting a list in which figures vary from negative to positive

Consider the following list: data={4078, 256, -1266, -388, 1290, 1368, 1446, 1524, 2}; I would like to split any kind of such list always, when figures turn form ...
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position of sequence of elements in list [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Finding a subsequence in a list Question The position of {3, 5} is the list {1, 3, 4, 3, 5, 5, 1} is 3. How can such a position ...
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Inheritance in Mathematica using pattern matching on UpValues

Edit: I think in my original post, I missed emphasizing the main point. This is mainly a pattern matching question. If you're interested in the 'why' of this question, please read the original post ...
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Pattern matching a multivariate derivative

I can extract the parameters of a single variable derivative with the rule D[f[x], x] /. Derivative[order_][fcn_][variable_] -> {order, fcn, variable} ...
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How to define function that can change patterns

Given time series data as follows: data = {{{2011, 1, 13}, 10}, {{2011, 2, 14}, 17}, {{2011, 3, 15}, 20}, {{2012, 1, 16}, 30}, {{2012, 2, 17}, 40}}; ...
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Why is ReplaceAll behaving like this?

I'm learning to use the ReplaceAll function and I found the behavior of which is quite confusing. For Sqrt[f[x, y]] /. f[___] -> u Mathematica returns ...
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Why does Mathematica choose the second function definition?

While working on a solution to this question I've come across a case where I simply don't understand Mathematica's behaviour. I've got the following definitions: ...
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Mathematica rule substitution memory

First I present the specific programming question, and then I provide further background details. Given an expression in Mathematica, say f=3x+7y, there are two ...
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Is it possible to specify a context-sensitive, “depth-agnostic” rewrite rule?

I'm using the term "depth-agnostic" in this post to describe structural patterns featuring a "target" sub-pattern that can occur "at any depth" relative to one or more "context" sub-patterns. As a ...
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Specifying string patterns in DeleteCases

It seems that DeleteCases is not compatible with string patterns, at least directly (see, for example, this question). Is this true? If so, why is this the case? ...
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Using PatternTest and/or Condition to detect equal list lengths as well as list element formats

On searching Mathematica.SE for information about overloading functions, I came across several threads about PatternTest and ...
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Why rule does not work if Flat attribute?

The following works: ...
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Removing zero values from ordered pairs

I have some processed data, which are basically a collection of ordered pairs in the form: {{x1, y1}, {x2, y2}, ..., {xn, yn}} Ordered pairs which have either a ...
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Name scope confusion

Sorry for the too ambiguous title. First consider a following code snippet. ...
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Use of StringExpression as argument

Is it possible to use a StringExpression as a pattern for an argument? I.E. something like foo[chars__~~ WordCharacter.. ~~ num:NumberString] := {chars, num}; At ...
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More general pattern fails to match everything the more specific pattern does.

When I input this: MatchQ[x*SF[a,b] + y*SF[c,d], Plus[Times[x,SF[a,b]],Times[y,SF[c,d]]]] I get "True" as expected. But If I change it to: ...
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I am missing a function like HoldPattern

Temporary message: I am planning to edit this question, making the examples less confusing and by moving the things that are confusing to a separate question For any confusion about expressions that ...
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Pattern matching not going over a list when using default values

if I execute the following command in Mathematica: {a,a^2,a^3}/.a^(n_:1)->b^(2 n) Mathematica returns: {b^2,b^4,b^6} ...
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Simplify equations with pattern assumptions

When simplifying an expression using Simplify[expr, assumptions], the assumptions has to be explicit. Is it possible to simplify an expression with pattern ...
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Write a function that returns the logarithmic derivative

How can we write a function that if we input an expression f, it returns the log derivative $\frac{1}{f} \frac{df}{dx}$. We have to use a conditional or pattern test so that the function accepts any ...
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Convert boolean test function to pattern?

What is a "reverse" to MatchQ? MatchQ converts pattern into boolean function. So how to convert back? Suppose I want to use ...
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Pattern test for variables during function definition

I am having a problem with pattern testing on variables during function definition ...
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Correct way to compare arrays and do conditional evaluations

I would like to compare two arrays a=: and b= and get: using: (b/.(b_?Positive->a+b))//MatrixForm but this doesn't seem to work? Can ...