Questions on the manipulation of String objects in Mathematica, and the functions used for these manipulations.

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How does string interpolation work in Mathematica

I've noticed that Mathematica 8 seems to have some kind of string interpolation feature, but I couldn't find any documentation on it and I can't figure out how it works. For example, if I enter ...
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balanced Shortest[] and string-patterns

The pattern Shortest["A"~~__~~"B"] is oriented : It assumes the text is read from left to right and it takes the text between the first "A" and the next "B". Any ...
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Named string patterns in Alternatives, why does it depend on order?

When using the same name for part of patterns inside Alternatives how come it behaves differently for strings than in normal patterns? ...
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Convert a string to hex number?

How can I convert a string containing a hex number such as "6b" to a hex digit that mathematica can use to do math with? I have tried using ...
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Keeping Quotation Marks in Output

I am running into the following seemingly simple problem. I have this code: testphrase="i love you"; input=ToLowerCase[StringSplit[testphrase, Whitespace]] It ...
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CSS Selectors for Symbolic XML

Symbolic XML is a convenient way of managing XML in Mathematica, at least for casual use or small tasks. Here and elsewhere you can find examples of XML handling in Mathematica, including XSLT/XPath ...
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A femme is a wife is a Frau

As can be seen from LanguageData["Properties"] // Multicolumn Mathematica's translation capabilities seem to be very limited. It can translate month names, ...
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Creating a version of SequenceAlignment that accepts patterns

SequenceAlignment seems like a function that is not (yet?) fully integrated into Mathematica. I want a function that accepts general patterns instead. I ...
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How to convert a notebook cell to a string retaining all formatting, colorization of identifiers etc?

I have an opened Mathematica notebook containing several cells. Suppose, I am interested in one of them -- it may contain a complete or incomplete expression (e.g. with syntax errors, highlighted ...
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Unencoding encoded URLs in a function

Is there a built-in function for decoding encoded URLs in Mathematica? I would like to convert an encoded URL, for example ...
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How to capitalize the first letter of each word in a string

The following examples only work for the first character of the whole string, but not of words. ...
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Splitting strings at lower case characters and numbers

I'm trying to split the strings of chemicals into their elements and numbers. See this example "Fe3O4" will be split into ...
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String replacement question

If you have a string string="<ALK>ene" and I have a list alk={"meth", "eth", "prop", "but", "pent"}, what function ...
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Creating word histograms from lists of strings

Consider the following: ...
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Specifying string patterns in DeleteCases

It seems that DeleteCases is not compatible with string patterns, at least directly (see, for example, this question). Is this true? If so, why is this the case? ...
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Converting StringJoin to StringForm inside Hold

Let's say I have a piece of code: Hold[{code1, "asdad " <> ToString[testa] <> " adsd " <> ToString[testb], code2}] (*MWE ofc*) ...
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What pattern will match accented letters in a regular expression?

How should I modify the following such that the accented letter É is matched and the expression returns True? ...
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How to turn a set of strings which represent a list into a 2D list

I have a set of data read in from a larger CSV file. I want it to match the format I have from another analysis. It is structured as a series of strings with letters and numbers Here it is copy-pasted ...
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Revert FullForm-ed text to prettyprinted

Sometimes strings in a notebook/package file end up garbled due to some unknown/unintentional conversion of the expression/cell/notebook. I could not find a way to revert such unreadable text to its ...
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Where can I take a pool of words from?

Dear Community members, I am thinking about an interactive machine to teach a school child to write difficult words correctly. As a first step I need a collection of words. I will select a pool of ...
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How to overload System`StringJoin to automatically use ToString on arguments?

I am using an overloaded version of the StringJoin function since years now, without any problem, as I've invested a lot of time and effort earlier to make its ...
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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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print the name of the variable in a list without evaluation

a := az + 1 b := bz + 5 list := {a, b} I'd like mathematica to print a = az + 1 b = bz + 5 so basically it needs to first ...
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Problem with WordBoundary in string patterns

I am trying to extract from a string all words that end with "-man", but the problem is that WordBoundary does not seem to work as it returns whole string ignoring ...
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How to Clear variables represented as a list of strings?

Say I have a string list called fullpara fullpara={"width", "long", "line", "distance"} And there are corresponding variables ...
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Importing and manipulating strings - time data

I have a list of time durations, which are strings of the form: "hh:mm:ss". Here's a sample for you to play with: ...
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Why is StringMatchQ[“IP1”, “IP”] returning False?

Maybe there is a knot in my head, but I would expect that StringMatchQ["IP1", "IP"] should return True (which it does not) ...
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Isolating string characters

I have the following string: ...
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How to parse information contained in a file name

I have a set of files containing my data, and the file-names contain relevant information that I would like to extract. What I have is: ...
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Understanding `Paste` and how to get a string from the Clipboard to use with `ImportString`

Trying to work on this question I got distracted by my first naive attempt of copying the data and then typing dat = ImportString[Paste[], "Table"] ...
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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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Interpreting text entry and splitting it in a Manipulate text field?

I have the following program that plots the number of trigram appearances across a corpus of textual information between 1964 and 1989 (apologies for the messy code): ...
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Match sequence of zero or more characters except a given character

This looks like it should be simple: I want to match an "i" followed by an "o" with an arbitrary (possibly zero-length) sequence of characters in between, unless that sequence also contains an "i". ...
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Converting a string into a nested list of strings

The following string can be converted easily into a list with ToExpression ...
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neighbor swapping distance between two strings

Updated Problem Description I have a collection of strings $S$ that only contain two (or $m$ in general) kinds of elements: in this case C and D. For all $s\in S$, the length is the same, the number ...
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How to set up new types for pattern matching strings?

Consider the following toy example: I have a set of language sounds, which I partition into two exclusive subsets, consonants and vowels. I want to set up string patterns for e.g. ...
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String pattern search and replacement — it works, but produces error messages only the first time it is called

I defined a function in Mathematica to process a pre-generated string. More specifically, I'd like to process some parts of C codes generated from MMA. Basically what my function does is to expand the ...
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How to choose variables from a list for a function and then use the solution in a subsequent function?

I am trying to calculate heating degree days and cooling degree days and output that information to a table. I am using mathematica's curated data to do this. In text this is what I would like to ...
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Dataset and string conversion, using Internal`StringToDouble

i'm trying to get familiar with the new Dataset-stuff in Mathematica 10. As it will (hopefully) provide some benefit for me, I have started to convert my app to move from list and list of rules to ...
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How does `LongestCommonSubsequence` work?

When I recently came across this posting about LongestCommonSubsequence I was curious about how the function worked. ...
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Convert a string into a list of numbers

I got the following problem I don't know how to solve or if it's at all possible to solve(I'm quite new to Mathematica and don't have an IT background, so please explain slowly if possible:)) I'm ...
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Thousands separator (comma) option for NumberString/StringCases?

I've been looking for a way to read numbers that have thousands separators in them: StringCases[" 1142.123 ", Whitespace ~~ NumberString ~~ Whitespace, 1] gives ...
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Selective thinning of string elements in nested lists

I have a nested list similar to this example list (but much bigger and more messy): ...
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Caesar's cipher

How can Caesar cipher be implemented? I want to use StringReplace but I don't know how to write the replacement rule to replace the characters with, say, the ...
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Find the position of a string element, knowing only part of the string

I have a list, e.g.: list = {1, 2, 3, "Element 1", 4, 5, "Element 2", "Something else 1", "etcetera"} Now, I want all elements starting with ...
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Extracting columns of text from a rectangular string

I have very large rectangular strings (on the order of 30-100 MB in size), which I import into Mathematica from text files using a command like ...
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Isolating characters in a string

I'm struggling to find the right function in mathematica to isolate specific characters in a string. I have got a formula as string (I imported it from an excelfile) like this: y = 0.97*x1 + ...
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Convert array from {{…}} to “[[…]]”

I have made this function: conv01 = Map["["<>StringJoin@@Riffle[#,","]<>"]"&,Map[ToString,#,{2}],{0,1}]& to convert: ...
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Concatenate strings from different levels of list

After a lot of trouble I've finally come pretty close to what I want to do. I now have a list that looks like this: ...