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

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How to achieve Set+Part like behaviour in custom Set function?

So I've been toiling away on my DataFrame package. I've been trying to get Set to work with it, but it seems it either can't be done (ie via ...
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Formatting text through pattern matching

I am trying to format some text based on some patterns. ...
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Pattern Matching with Indexed Object

If I have a list of rules associated with indexed variables like: solution = {a[1] -> 1, a[2] -> 10, a[3] -> 100} I would like to be able to extract all ...
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Get part of lousy data

I want to get part of large data. some part of this data is as follows: ...
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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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Path queries for tree-structured data

Can anyone suggest documentation or tutorials for developing path queries and indices for (XML-like) tree-structured data? Suppose data is organized hierarchically in key->value pairs, eg: ...
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Pattern matching and HoldForm

Create rules based on data. I have a system that picks out on date,based on some rules. I then want to generate a new rule based on this date and apply the rule to a new dataset. ...
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Extracting text from nested HTML lists <ul> <li>

We wish to analyze the tree structure of HTML documents that consist of nested lists, ie, using the HTML tags <ul> and ...
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Adapting “Find and Replace” functionality to work with Patterns

I was thinking if there is something like Find and Replace (Crtl+F) functionality adapted to work with patterns. Probably not, but it seems possible to create this with some effort and skills in ...
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Pattern matching in subscripted variables

I am trying to use subscripted variables as symbols and provide assumptions elegantly for them, e.g. in order to simplify logs, I'd like to have ...
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How do you set an Optional parameter with a global variable on a Function defined in a Package

In a Package I am writing, I'm trying to define a function with an Optional parameter in it that is set to a global variable. ...
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Listing matrices up to symmetry

I am interested in the equivalence relation on N x N binary matrices, in which two matrices are equivalent if one can be obtained by rotating/reflecting the other. I would like to obtain a list ...
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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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Searching Notebooks for String Patterns using Workbench v2

The Workbench webpage describing new features in version 2 lists the ability to "Search notebook documents with the Mathematica pattern search utility" under the heading Mathematica Front End ...
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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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Classifying poker hands by pattern matching

I am working on this question posed in a Mathematica course revised in 1998. Here are the instructions: Poker Hands You are to define and show working examples of a function "...
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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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Name scope confusion

Sorry for the too ambiguous title. First consider a following code snippet. ...
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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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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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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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Why wouldn't ReplaceAll (/.) work with this list of number? [closed]

The answer to this might be simple, but why would ReplaceAll return such a weird result when replacing a number in a list of numbers: ...
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How can I extract all the non-number symbols from an expression [duplicate]

If I have an expression, let us say something like this: Cos[3 x] + π/cofe Exp[y^(c z)] how can I get all non-number symbols in the expression which are: ...
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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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How do you pattern match a DataDistribution

I have a function, f[dist_, samp_]:=somework[dist, samp] that I want to return Null or zero if passed a null distribution. I ...
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Select gives different answers in versions 8 and 9

Consider the code below: s = Solve[(3 - Cos[4*x])*(Sin[x] - Cos[x]) == 2, x, InverseFunctions -> True]; Select[s[[All, 1, 2]], Element[#, Reals] &] In MMA ...
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Detect highest order of derivative in expression?

Is it possible to detect the highest order (or generally all orders) of derivatives in an expression? Consider eqn = D[a[x,t],t] == D[a[x,t],x,x] How would I go ...
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Set promotes Rule to RuleDelayed?

In mentally building a model of how Mathematica works, I naively expected Set to create a Rule in a symbol's ...
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What is the correct way to pattern match nested lists?

I have the following function: f[lst_List /; MatchQ[lst, SOME PATTERN HERE]] := ({#[[1]] + #[[2]], #[[1]] - #[[2]]} &) /@ lst; I want to match lists that ...
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StringCases using RegularExpression fails when there is missing data

I got some text scraps with this structure "Focal Plane: 198' Active Aid to Navigation: Yes *Latitude: 35.250 N *Longitude: -75.529 W" But some of them lack ...
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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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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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Why does MemberQ need {} around the expression? [closed]

Suppose I was trying to find out if the sequence 34 appeared in the digits of 344444. I tried to do this with MemberQ and get: ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How to apply multiple/complicated requirements for a pattern in a function input [duplicate]

In this question. I suggested that to test whether the input of a function was a matrix of numbers one could create the following test: ...
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Adjacency List representation of a graph

I am looking to draw a graph knowing a simple adjacency representation of the graph like: A = {{1, 3}, {2, 3}, {3, 4, 5}, {4, 5}, {5}} Where ...
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Pattern match any member of a Context

Let's say I have four functions: x, y, X`x, and X`y. ...
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Custom operators; custom pattern matching with pure functions

What I'm trying to achieve in Mathematica is the creation of a binary operator whose operands are both pure functions over the natural numbers. The result of the operator should be another pure ...
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How to localize symbols on the right-hand side of Rule when using ReplaceAll?

I am frustrated by the following: {1, 2, 3.0} /. a_Integer -> a + 1 The a on the left side of the arrow is localized and ...
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Finding similar expressions in list

I have a function that returns to me lists of expressions, like: ...
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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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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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Write a function using pattern test to test whether the input is polynomial and print error message if not

I am doing this which is supposed to be an easy problem and which I think my code should be correct but for some reasons it is not working. May anyone help correcting my mistakes? How should I write ...
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How to make a pattern to change x^(2/y) to (x^2)^(1/y) for any x and y?

This might have been asked before. Please let me know if it is. I was looking at an interesting Mathematica question in students forum and trying to solve it, and a chance to learn more about ...