# Tagged Questions

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

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### why MatchQ is fast and Replace slow?

Consider a large expression, say a polynomial with 25 terms expr=Product[Unique["a"],{i,1,25}]; to which you apply the following replacement rule: ...
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### Need help interpreting a small block of code [closed]

I have recently "inherited" some Mathematica scripts which I need to interpret to write in some other languages (Maple and C++). I have never used Mathematica before so I have been learning on the job....
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### The basic primitive recursive functions

How can the basic primitive recursive functions be expressed in the Wolfram Language? Apparently here's an example for primitive recursion: ...
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### Detecting components in timeseries

I'm looking at this sequence of values: I'd like to detect the points where the center of the time-series shifts (around x=1000 and x=2000). Many of the transforms and smoothing methods I have ...
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### Is there a GraphicsPrimitiveQ (or a complete list of Heads of graphics primitives)?

For various reasons related to workflow associated with creating figures for journals, I am creating functions that will accept graphics primitives and a set of options and spit out a ...
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### Why is a longer pattern matched rather than a short pattern?

I was reading the Mathematica V5 Book and am a bit perplexed on the behavior of a particular pattern matching example where it seems to be choosing a longer pattern rather than a shorter pattern. The ...
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### Is it possible to match a sequence with multiple heads without using Condition

Suppose I have: expr = Times[2, a[x,r], a[y,1], c[z,0,0], d[w,m]]; If I want to match a sequence of expressions with the same head ...
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### How to collect elements in one list with the constraints provided in a second list

I wish to collect the items in the first list provided the constraints in the second list. For example in the lists shown below the first list shows a bunch of strings and the second list shows the ...
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### Highlighting pattern strings in a large text

I would like to apply Style to strings that are matched, for example, with one or more specified patterns or regular expressions, a string or a list of both, ...
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### What kind of pattern should be used

I was trying to make a simple question but made it trivial. So the original setting is as follows: expr = {{a}, b, {{c}, {e}}, d, {}} I need that all lists are ...
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### How to prevent fractions in polynomial quotients?

(This was a hard question to give a succinct title to, so feel free to edit it.) When I divide polynomials, I would like Mathematica to NOT create negative powers of variables. For example: ...
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### Pattern that matches numbers in the $\epsilon$-neighborhood of a given number?

I dfined the following function to create a pattern that matches the $\epsilon$-neighborhood of a given number. ep[x_, e_] := _?(x - e <= # <= x + e &) ...
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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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### Injecting a sequence of expressions into a held expression

Consider the following toy example: Hold[{1, 2, x}] /. x -> Sequence[3, 4] It will give Hold[{1, 2, Sequence[3, 4]}] ...
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### Pattern placeholder for zero or more matching items in list [closed]

I'm working through the exercises in Stephen Wolfram's book "An Elementary Introduction to the Wolfram Language." In Chapter 32 on "Patterns", Exercise 32.1 is "Find lists beginning with 1 and ending ...
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### How to name a repeated pattern sequence inside Plus?

Here is a sample expression that contains a bunch of f and some other stuff: ...
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### Optional throws error when called from a package. Workaround?

Bug introduced in 8.0 or earlier and persisting through 10.3 or later. Case number: 305932. In the front-end notebook (Mathematica 9.0 and 10.2): ...
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### Why this upvalue doesn't escape from Sum?

Probably a hard question, but I decide to cry out loud :). This is actually another problem I encountered when answering this question. Consider the following transform rule stored as an upvalue: <...
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### Problem with handling a factor of $1$ in pattern matching

I am trying to implement the creation and annihilation operators $\hat{a}$ and $\hat{a}^{\dagger}$ of quantum mechanics with the following code, but alas, there is a problem with the pattern matching ...
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### How can I extract something from an expression and assign it without changing the expression?

I am researching how to extract a certain value from an expression by using a pattern mechanism without actually changing the original expression. The paragraph above could be very ambiguous, so here ...
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### Replacement producing unexpected result

If I use a replacement rule like ...
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### How to use patterns to return non-overlapping sequences of consecutive elements from an array

Let me first describe the data structure I'm looking at before describing my question. I have an array of nx3 elements with a data-generating process such that each row has the format: {previous row'...
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### How to use Shortest for pattern matching? [duplicate]

For the string ((!@#)), the shortest match for the pattern "("~~__~~")" should be "(!@#)", ...
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### How to take all sub-strings in a string that are combinations of specified characters only

"tgtaaaaacaagaaaaacatggaatgtataatactataaataaaaaaagtaggaagaagaaccaaaaca\ aagggcgttttaaagagagacgaat" based on the above string (a DNA sequence) I wish to extract ...
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### Pattern condition involving multiple arguments to a function

I can define conditions on individual arguments to a function: f[a_List/;condition(a),b_List/;condition(b)]:=(...) I am wondering if there is a way of declaring ...
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### How to inject segments of code into functions defined by SetDelayed [duplicate]

I need to define a set of functions that are written in terms of common but lengthy expressions. To effect this, I want to inject abbreviations for such expressions into the RHS of ...
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### MatchQ’ing Except[…] and Except[…]

A PostScriptForm1 for Mathematica must recurse over the likes of Plus[…]. Output should be as follows: 9+n: either ...
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### Pattern matching for product of two terms fails if one factor is 1

I have a long set of replacement rules that I utilize to solve some longish integrals over trigonometric functions. Just look at this snippet (from this answer): ...
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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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### What does f_[whoCalled]^:=f really mean?

I came across the following post by John Doty in this Google Groups discussion: On Friday, January 11, 2013 8:23:16 PM UTC-7, amzoti wrote: It is clear the Mathematica uses Lisp as one ...
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### Match a sequence of integers

I would to match a pattern p1 = 0,0,1,0,0 to the elements in listA. The elements are a boolean sequence that may look like this ...
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### How can I know if a pattern corresponds to a string pattern?

What would be the best way to detect if a pattern corresponds to a string pattern ? An invalid string pattern p would lead to an error in ...
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### Please explain this pattern/Message related issue and help with finding workaround

I attempted to clean up my code and also add messages to functions if they are called with wrong arguments. This introduced some error which I tracked down to the following: ...
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### Count and NMinimize don't seem to work together

Initially I write down a 2x2 unitary (Uni) , make a tensor product 4 times (LocalUni) and apply it to an initial numerical matrix Rho, to obtain RhoLU, that depends on 12 parameters. This is my code: ...
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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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### Using Mathematica's Position Function

I have a list a = {-1, 2/3, -2 - 4 I, -2 + 7 I, 2 I} and when I use the Position[a, I] it returns ...
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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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### How to write this pattern in Pick function

Suppose I have a list called mask composed of 1,2,3,...n. n is different in different situation. Let me takes n=3 for demonstration ...
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### Question about Rules and Pattern (The operator patt/;test)

Maybe this question is so trivial but it has confused me. I'm studying the What the @#%^&*?! do all those funny signs mean? and in the Rules and patterns under ...
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### Why does this pattern fail to match?

I'd like to replace fractions with Missing[] as the denominator with Missing[]. This pattern in ...
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### How to use pattern matching to apply a function to specific elements of a matrix

I have a 3x3 matrix testweightedgraph = {{{}, {p, q, pq, pq}, {}}, {{p, q, pq, pq}, {q}, {}}, {{}, {}, {}}}; whose elements are (possibly empty) lists. I would ...
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### How to write or extend operators like $*\!\!*$

I'm stuck on trying to define simplification rules for NonCommutativeMultiply, much like ExpandNCM found in Documentation Center, under Applications. For example, I'd like ...
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### Unexpected result when trying to match against the arguments of Times

Consider the following question: ...
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### Using Select with Alternatives

I want to select the elements of a list like: ...
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### Given an expression using kets, such as '|2> + 4|3>+…,' find the largest ket index in a ket?

I have some expressions containing Kets, like |1> + Sqrt[6] |3> where the kets are created using [esc]ket[esc]. How can I find the largest number inside a ...
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### How to bound a recursive Derivative definition?

I need to convert derivatives of g[x,v] wrt v into derivatives wrt x using this relation: $$\frac{dg[x,v]}{dv}=\frac{1}{2}\frac{d^{2}g}{dx^{2}}+\frac{1}{2}\left(\frac{dg}{dx}\right)^{2}$$ This code ...