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

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Pattern match for nested Association

Suppose I have Association testAssoc=Association[a->Association[1->1,2->2],b->Association[1->1,2->2]] which ...
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How can I replace the general element of a geometric series with the sum of the series?

Consider the list mylist = {b(a/bc t)^r, a/b(b t)^r, a (c/d t)^r, ...} where a, b, c, t, etc., are real numbers between 0 and 1. I want to sum each term in the ...
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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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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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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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Better output for NonlinearModelFit “ParameterTable”

The Standard table fo parameters of NonlinearModelFit is obtained from NonlinearModelFit[{{0, 1}, {1, 2}, {3, 3}}, a + b*x, {a, b}, x] %["ParameterTable"]] I ...
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Extracting subscripts and superscripts

Suppose I have several types of expressions (in some random order) of the form Power[Subscript[g, a], μ] which is $g_a{}^\mu$ ...
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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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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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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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Express block matrix in terms of matrix basis

I'm trying to construct a function that returns the multiplication table of a matrix Lie algebra. Assuming a basis of matrices, my definitions: ...
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How to highlight the elements in a list that match a pattern?

For example, {{1,2,3},{1,2,3,1,2,3,4,5}}with pattern {1,_,3}is transformed to ...
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Compare tree structures in mathematica

Since Mathematica expression is basically a tree structure, I would like to perform tree structure comparison with certain restrictions, for instance that the identity of nodes on the same level be ...
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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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How to define patterns to filter lists of replacement rules? [closed]

I have a list of replacement rules like list˘of˘replacement˘rules = {a -> 1, b -> 2, c -> 3} and I want to filter all the elements where ‘b’ is replaced ...
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What would be a pattern for a general row of an identity matrix?

I know this is a novice question but I would like a pattern for a list containing zero or more zeros followed by exactly one 1, followed by zero or more zeros. Something like: {0___,1,0___} But ...
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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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Assumptions with patterns

I want that Mathematica assumes every symbol like Subscript[s,i] to be evaluate as a real and positive number. I have tried ...
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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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Output function control and manipulation for efficient computation [closed]

I have taken note of a similar post related to modifying function parameters. I tried to adapt Kuba's solution to this post but I can't get it to work. I will illustrate my problem using a similar ...
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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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Why the flat f[x] is treated as ghostHead_[f[x]]?

While reading this answer I feel confused. If we do not care any specific detail of the original question, then ybeltukov's answer essentially makes use of the following fact ...
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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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More elegant way

I read ReplaceOrRemoveInvalidOrMissingData Mathematica documentation, and I tried to apply the same approach to my dataset. I've got two problems, but one is only a style problem! There is one more ...
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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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String pattern defined by number of characters

I want to extract non-overlapping substrings from strings with only four possible characters a,b,c,d. These strings will always have equally many "a" and "d" characters. The substrings x I want satisy ...
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Using ReplaceAll to replace a head

Why would this work to replace the head b with newHead: ...
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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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Replace expression, but only “outside” of a function [duplicate]

I have a horrid expression, which is basically a sum of exponents with coefficients. Here's a taste: What I want to do is to replace ks with another expression, ...
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Pick bug? level 0 matching

A previous discussion of this issue (Is there a bug in Pick?) accepted that matching at level 0 is not a bug in Pick. Was that correct? I am not yet persuaded. ...
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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 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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How to search for patterns to find the positions of prime numbers

I have a summation which yields a prime number at each location there is a 2, and I do not know how to search for the 2's. ...
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Power[__] Pattern works like Level

I came across this case: ...
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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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Change matrix elements at specific locations?

Let's say I have an array a={{1,2,3}, {4,5,6}, {7,8,9}} I want to have all elements along the diagonal multiplied by 2. ...
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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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Covariant derivative for symbolic tensors

I want to define a "prefix" (D_i) covariant derivative operator CD[] for symbolic tensors in form of a function, i.e. for ...
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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 ...