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

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Elegant and fast way to join all string sequences

I want to do what title says: {"a","b",1,2,3,4,"a",2,2,2,"edg","?"} => {"ab",1,2,3,4,"a",2,2,2,"edg?"} in the most elegant way. For example one replacement rule for ...
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How to import a Microsoft Word document into Mathematica?

I have a Microsoft Word document in DOCX format. I need to import it into Mathematica as a String preserving all formatting (font, size, bold/italic style, colors, ...
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Replace with position and order number

question conversion1 : Convert "[AA]AB[AA]BB[AA]B[AA]CCC" to "[A1A2]A3B1[A4A5]B2B3[A6A7]B4[A8A9]CCC" conversion2 : Convert ...
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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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StringReplace except some pattern

StringReplace and search out of one pattern ...
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Split one string about a fixed width with `SyntaxQ=True`

How to split one string about a fixed width, the string may come from the input or output cell of Notebook. sample string ...
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How to embed an image into a string?

Note: The bug described in the post is in Mathematica 9, and has been fixed in 10.0. The documentation for String contains the following statements: Strings ...
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Unexpected result {“.a”, “co”, “.m”} from Sort[{“.m”, “.a”, “co”}]

I came across the following situation: Evaluating Sort[{".m", ".a", "co"}] Results in {".a", "co", ".m"} I wondering: ...
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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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1answer
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Searching a string that may contain Null

I have an array of triplets that can be approximated by the following code: ...
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1answer
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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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1answer
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Importing strings in Mathematica

This is my first post so apologies if any obvious mistakes. I'm trying to work on a data containing names (in quotes) in Mathematica. The data is already saved on my system under ...
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1answer
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Showing special characters in text containing unicode

How does one conveniently convert a string like: "Ya no me burlar\:00e9 de la diabetes de Nick Jonas. Me lo guardar\:00e9 para cuando le corten la pierna. S\:00ed es que a\:00fan alguien lo recuerda, ...
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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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1answer
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Explicit asterisk or @ sign in string patterns

What string pattern will match an explicit asterisk (*) or at-sign (@)? The obvious example, StringMatchQ["*", "\*"], returns ...
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1answer
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How to extend dictionary.txt

How to extend the default dictionary.txt for Dictionarylookup to all words? For example, first I ...
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Why is StringExpression faster than RegularExpression?

Edit: as noted by Albert Retey the performance difference is only seen when sub expression extraction is performed. If this test is used below the timings are similar: ...
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A simple StringCases problem

Given this text: text1 = " A Vitamin D Deficiency (ICD-9-CM 268.9) (ICD-9-CM 268.9) 09/11/2015 01 "; Yes, the ICD code values are duplicates- possibly but ...
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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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1answer
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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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1answer
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String replacement to make the TeXForm output beautiful

This question is inspired by this question: How to convert the symbol $d$ in Integrate into $\mathrm{d}$?. Although it’s not a big problem, the TeXForm can be ...
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How to highlight a string pattern? [duplicate]

This is an example in the help pages (Working with patterns: Highlight Patterns): ...
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1answer
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Mathematica equivalent of regex '\w{2,3}'

It beats me to write the Mathematica pattern equivalent to the regex: \w{2,3} Any ideas?
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Image processing - How can I apply an operation to several images at once?

I imported pictures into Mathematica, and used names for them that follow the easy scheme "name" string joined with an integer, ranging from 14 to 20. Printing these images on screen works nicely: ...
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help with StringJoin [duplicate]

dollarWon := 100 "(" <> Style["$" <> ToString[dollarWon], If[dollarWon >= 0, Darker[Green], Red]] <> ")" I am getting an error: String ...
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How to count words in a Greek text

I want to perform a simple analysis of some Greek text: collect the different words used and count their frequency. It seems that some of the built-in commands do not work well with Greek letters. For ...
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2answers
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How to convert TableForm to proper LaTex and why is “\” not replaced by StringReplace?

I'm trying to optimize the teXForm output of a table because the standard output ist not satisfying: ...
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Transform fancy usage messages in 1D string

When we look at the usage messages of built-in functions nowadays (not in the good old times, when they were a simple descriptions) we see that although they look pretty in the front end, it is really ...
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2answers
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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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2answers
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Haiku Extractor

Inspired by the cool Tumblr Haiku Times that searches for accidental haiku in New York Times articles, I tried my hand at implementing such a search in Mathematica for my own text samples. I'm still ...
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2answers
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Finding strings in Web Code [duplicate]

I haven't found an answer that solves my problem, although I think it's actually a simple one. It seems hard to me because I don't have a lot of experience with string patterns. I have a Web Code ...
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1answer
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Construct file names using a number and a string prefix [duplicate]

I'm trying to append filenames with Mathematica, and cannot do it. The output of my calculation are two lists : X and Y, ...
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2answers
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how can i convert data into string format? [duplicate]

I have nested-lists in number format,like data={{1,2,3},{2,{3,4,50}},{4,5,6},{3,{3,{5,6}}}} I want to convert each number into ...
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1answer
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Extracting text from cells, preserving non-ASCII characters

Consider the following setup, based on this answer by WReach: ...
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2answers
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Faster way to convert real strings into numbers [duplicate]

Working with big files, I have to convert some numbers that are in string format into real MMA numbers. I know that I can use ToExpression but it's slow when ...
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2answers
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Why do I get two different results from StringLength?

I spent a reasonable amount of time to find the origin of an error in a larger code segment. ...
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How to export a header before the data in the result file?

I would like to export a phrase to my result data as a heading. I'm exporting the data correctly with Export["file.dat", table]. But I'm doing several ...
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3answers
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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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1answer
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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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2answers
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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: ...
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1answer
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Confused behavior using Dispatch to sort one list relative to another

I have a need to sort the entries of one list into the same sequence as the entries in a reference list. Because I have rather large lists involving strings, I'm trying to use Dispatch to accomplish ...
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How to write a function to remove comments from a .m source file preserving formatting such as line wrapping reasonably?

How to write a function to remove comments from a .m source file preserving formatting such as line wrapping reasonably? This means if I have ...
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1answer
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Renaming files of form FileName(i).csv to NewNamej(k).csv where j increments and k resets to 1 when there is a jump in i?

Edit up top: The accepted answer works splendidly except I had to add //ToExpression to the end of the definition of ns given by ...
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9answers
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How do I extract a number from a string?

I want to extract the number from an alphanumeric string. This is what I tried: StringTake["thiru3", {6, 6}] The result I got is ...
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3answers
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How to extract a consecutive list of substring from a string?

Given a list of strings: data = { "2894;Hot Pink;53:09:44;1449714", "17456;Dark Cyan;19:06:42;6929227", "5147;Lime;54:11:55;5247632" } (Words are separated by ...
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0answers
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Unicode beyond Basic Multilingual Plane

String manipulation takes a dive when characters beyond \:FFFF are used e.g. Mathematical Alphanumeric Symbols. The characters display fine but doing string ...
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2answers
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How can I know if a pattern corresponds to a string pattern?

What would be the best way to detect if a pattern corresponds to a string pattern ? An invalid string pattern p would lead to an error in ...
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2answers
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Mathematica Typing Effect

Here is a Typing Effect in javascript. I could only implement a very simple one: ...