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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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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Replace matrix with conditions

I want to replace the values of 1. in slot under the condition that the year and month in basevalue and ...
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blank null sequence acts weirdly [closed]

Could someone please explain why the ___ pattern matches the first but not the second case? ...
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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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How to do Cases with multiple related patterns?

I would like to write a function similar to Cases, but can search for a group of related patterns together. For example, ...
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Manipulating named patterns inside replacement rules [duplicate]

When I evaluate the following expression, {a -> "value1", b -> "value22"} /. {Rule[x_, y_] -> Rule[x, y]} I get ...
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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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Checking through an expression

I am writing a code that manipulates expressions that contains functions with an arbitrary number of arguments. An example expression is ...
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How to Override the Head of a Symbol

I was wondering if it is possible to override the head of symbols/operators. As a motivating example if I run: Then Ket will be returned. But lets say I want Bob to be returned instead of Ket. Is ...
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Elegant way to match a list with only certain types of elements

I'm working on learning Mathematica programming for personal edification and am trying to find a more elegant way to do a matching expression which will match only a list containing elements that are ...
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Extracting argument sequences from function expressions

Why is it that fun[x, y] /. fun[z__] :> z leads to Sequence[x,y] but ...
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truncating terms in symbolic expression basing on their values

I need to simplify big symbolic solution of equations system by truncating terms that are orders of magnitude less then others in subexpressions like a + b. The solution is big fraction with sum of ...
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Pattern matching

This is a very simple question I hope you can help me with. I am experimenting with pattern matching. I want to write a pattern for a difference between two symbols, ...
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Dot when used in a pattern becomes Times… Why?

In[1] := Hold[a.b] // FullForm Out[1] := Hold[Dot[a,b]] So far so good. ...
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How to test whether an expression is a valid variable?

I would like to test whether an argument is a valid variable for functions like Solve and DSolve. For instance several ...
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Using Except with strings

Suppose that I have the following sample list, called list: list = {"bBb", "aAa", "aaa"}; Now suppose I want to select the ...
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Selecting expressions from a sequence that are not subexpressions of earlier elements

I have a While loop that generates and prints an expression on each iteration (there can be thousands of iterations). UPDATE: Some expressions are generated in ...
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Pattern-rewriting Pattern triggers error?

I am trying to rewrite patterns. For example, I'd like to rewrite the pattern jFoo_Integer which has FullForm ...
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Orderless pattern matching of rule lists

I am looking for a compact way to specify a pattern to match a rule list with MatchQ that allows for enumerating the rules in the rule list in an arbitrary order. ...
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How to enumerate all possible binary associations?

Suppose I have a list of symbols like: {a,b,c,d} I would like to enumerate all possible binary associations (combining symbols and/or sublists pairwise): ...
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String pattern matching & replacement

I would like to find all occurrences of a full stop "." followed by a capital letter in a string and have these replaced with a "; ". How do I do this in Mathematica? e.g. ...
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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 matching in nested lists

I'm sure this has been asked before, but I can't find the right combination of search keywords to find it. Apologies. I want to do a ReplaceAll on a list of lists, ...
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Syntax error for optional pattern, but only in debugger

This expression (explained here by Leonid) evaluates fine unless Evaluation->Debugger is enabled: h[x : (_Integer) : 1] := x Syntax::sntxf: "x:" cannot be ...
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Is there a more Mathematica-y way to label these plots?

I am studying an infinite square well in the context of quantum mechanics. ...
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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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How to create a SparseArray satisfying multiple conditions on Parts and Elements of a Matrix?

I have a matrix m1 of size $3 \times 19$. Rows $1$, $2$ and $3$ represent $3$ different groups, and columns represent $4$ different blocks: block1 - columns $1$, ...
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Matching Root[…] objects with patterns, unexpected hidden argument

I needed to write patterns that could distinguish between arbitrary-function and polynomial forms of Root objects, for example, ...
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How to effectively compare two sentences and say both are equal

want to compare two text file. Suppose file AA contains following text ...
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Pattern matching list elements in pure functions [duplicate]

Pattern matching here is a functional programming term, but it might be called differently in Mathematica, I'm not sure. It is possible to match the elements of the list in a regular function ...
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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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Simplifying expression with patterns (Replace)

Q1: I need to simplify some algebraic expression, according to particular pattern, namely: \begin{equation*} x^m = \left\{ \begin{array}{ll} 1 & \text{if } m \text{ is even} \\ x & \text{if ...
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Substitute complex functions into complicated polynomials

Mathematica has some strange way of sorting terms. It seems that it is using a canonical sort on expressions, e.g. $\mathbb{i} \sin[x] \cos[y] \cos[z]$ is returned as $\mathbb{i} \cos[y] \cos[z] ...
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Extract date from a not well-formed string

Is there a way to robustly extract date and time from a text? Say for example: ...The event will be held on 17/10/2013 at 3:30 PM in the room 121 and everyone is welcome... should return: ...
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Counting sublists containing 0

Given a list: data = {{0, 2}, {0, 0}, {1, 0}, {1, 2}, {2, 3}}. I would like to count the number of sublists which contain zero. ...
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Use Pattern with Vectors in Assumptions

I had a problem using Pattern with Vectors in Assumptions. Here's how I use ...
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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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Is there a way to simplify this replacement rule

I have a rather big expression which contains many sums of form q x + w y. I know that y is much smaller than ...
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Pattern to match L, but not L[_]

I have an expression where I want to replace L but not L[_] For example, the following doesn't work and ...
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How to remove duplicate characters from a string?

How do you remove duplicate characters in a string without converting the string to a list. I want to delete all duplicate characters in a string (i.e. get the unsorted union of characters). For ...
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Why can't I remove the {0, 0} in Circle[{0, 0}] using pattern matching?

Why does Circle[{0, 0}] /. List[_?NumericQ ..] :> Sequence[] return Circle[{0, 0}] yet ...
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How to manipulate log arguments?

A common problem I have with Mathematica is needing to manipulate the arguments of logarithms. Typically, I need to take ratios of the log arguments Mathematica gives me by default. That's to say ...
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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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How to get complement of a pattern

I have a list. I want to get all the elements in that list which do not match a given pattern. That is, I want the strings which do not match any of the following patterns: First and last characters ...
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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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Do any users know of methods to capture Twitter feeds and subject them to analysis? [duplicate]

I would like to use the output of about 300 Twitter sources and would probably collect 30 minutes of tweets at a time and subject each collection to analysis; ideally this process would be automatic ...
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How to get Cases to wrap results in an arbitrary head?

A number of functions provide for results to be wrapped in an arbitrary head. This is very important in cases where the results should not be evaluated. Take ...
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Select sublists with second element nearest to zero

I've got some big lists from which i need some data (one of the big lists). To be specific, I need to divide this biglists in sublists of the same length (10000), and form a new list with the mean of ...