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

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Downvalues vs. Scoping for Functions

Regarding my recent question on using a default value for a function argument when a pattern was not met yielded some interesting answers, but the general consensus was "Yes this can be done, but ...
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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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Fastest way to test if a numerical array has complex elements

I am looking for the fastest way to test whether an n-dimensional numerical (NumericQ) array (in the ArrayQ sense) is complex or ...
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Patternmatching sets

How to match set-patterns against sets? A set (in the mathematical sense) is a list of elements without repetition and order of elements does not matter. For example, we have a pattern set ...
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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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Best way to modify values in a list of rules?

Recently I had to solve a problem similar to this: Let's say I have a list of list of rules ...
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Function argument to default under certain condition

Inspired by this and this question (and how I handle this in practice), what is the best way to default a function value when a certain condition is met? For example, if a function is defined as: ...
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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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Position of a pattern-matched part of an expression

What you have A pattern, with certain part of it labeled As an example — Label: wally ...
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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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Pattern matching repeated structures with named subexpression components

I am trying to write a function with a pattern that tests its arguments for a particular structure. But in that pattern I'd like to name a subpattern to make it easier to exract and operate on. The ...
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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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Why rule does not work if Flat attribute?

The following works: ...
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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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How to systematically classify Mathematica expressions?

How to systematically classify Mathematica expressions? I can think of using Head[], Depth[], ...
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Pattern matching a pattern with patterns

Confusing title, I know. But the question is, if we have two patterns which have the same general structure but different names used in the patterns and different names: ...
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Is it possible to use PatternTest and Optional value on one Pattern simultaneously? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to Combine Pattern Constraints and Default Values for Function Arguments First a simple example: define a function "add" with two arguments, and its second argument ...
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replacement rules from a pattern and a matching expression

(This seems to be a very basic necessity in a language having pattern-matching capabilities such as Mathematica, yet I struggled for many hours to find a common solution to this problem.) Suppose ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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Make mathematica treat $e_i^2$ as numeric

With NumericQ[symbol] = True, I can declare that a symbol is numeric. I want the expressions matching: $$e_{\text{i$\_$}?\text{IntegerQ}}^2$$ to be treated as ...
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Transformation rule on a list of non-negative integers

I am trying to create a transformation rule that takes a list of non-negative integer values of any length, finds a non-zero entry in the list, adds 1 to all preceding numbers, subtracts 1 from the ...
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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 ...
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A function that only evaluates on lists of pairs [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why doesn’t PatternTest work with Composition? I'd like my function to only evaluate when the argument is a list of pairs. It seems like ...
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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 use Optional as an omissible parameter in pattern-match?

Below is a function intended to test if an expression is a polynomial in which all the coefficients and exponents are integers: ...
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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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Applying several patterns to `Split`

Please consider the following: Split[data, patterns &] patterns=Not[#=="a"]&&Not[#=="b"]&&...&&Not[#=="blabla"]; How can I define ...
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Replacing product expressions - named vs. unnamed pattern?

Suppose I have an expression of the form a b c d + x y z The FullForm of this is ...
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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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How does Mathematica wrap code for front-end needs? Why does this wrapping affect the evaluation?

Mathematica wraps any expression with some boxing code before showing the evaluation result in the front-end. Unfortunately, the wrapping algorithm and its position in the Mathematica end-to-end flow ...
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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 to collect terms of a given type (with subscript and power) in an expression?

Suppose that I have an expression: ...
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replacement rule to pull independent expression outside of Integrate

I'm trying to write a fairly general replacement rule that will pull expressions independent of the variable of integration outside of Integrate, since Simplify and ...
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Pattern constraint for two or more variables

Is it possible to have a pattern constraint for a function with two or more variables where the pattern is a relation between the vars being accepted e.g. ...
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How can I convert x^2 to x*x?

When I try the following code: a b^2 c /. b c -> e Mathematica gives me: a b^2 c but what I want is: ...
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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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How can a big table be treated as a database?

I often work with big tables that I want to treat kind of like a database. Here's an example table. ...
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How to match expressions with a repeating pattern

The expression I want to match obey a simple pattern that repeats it self a number of times. f[a]@f[b]@f[c]@...@f[X] How would you match all expressions of this ...
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Find zero crossing in a list

I'm looking for a function that finds the index of the zero-crossing points of a list. Before I go making my own subroutine to do this, I was wondering if anyone knows of any built-in Mathematica ...
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Count sublists which match pattern

I have a list which looks like this: data={{12,0},{0,0},{20,1},{0,0}, {0,-1}}. Now I would like to count the number of sublists which: have both slots zero the ...
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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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Determine whether some expression contains a given symbol

Given a symbol t and an expression expr, how can I determine whether or not the symbol t ...
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Counting negative values in list

I would like to count the negative values of a list. My approach was Count[data, -_] which doesn't work. How can I tell Mathematica to count all numbers with ...
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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 ...