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

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Looking for “Longest Common Substring” solution

I'm looking for robust code to solve the "Longest Common Substring" problem: Find the longest string (or strings) that is a substring (or are substrings) of two or more strings. I can just code it ...
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How do you convert a string containing a number in C scientific notation to a Mathematica number?

Suppose I have a string containing the C-representation of a floating point number, for example s = "1.23e-5" and I want to convert this to a Mathematica number. ...
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How do I perform string matching and replacements?

What are, and how do I use Mathematica's string matching and replacement tools?
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How to join two Style[]d strings

Does anyone know whether it is possible to combine\join two styled strings? That is, while the following code works fine: omega = "text"; omega<>omega ...
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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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Splitting words into specific fragments

I am looking into splitting words into a succession of chemical elements symbols, where possible. For example: Titanic = Ti Ta Ni C (titanium, tantalum, nickel, carbon) A word may or may not be ...
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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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Formatting text through pattern matching

I am trying to format some text based on some patterns. ...
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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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Programming paradigm change

I'm new to Mathematica, I've been learning by myself, and, being a Java developer for some time, it makes it hard to adapt. I've tried to solve a Reddit challenge, and I came up with this solution: <...
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Convenient string manipulation

With Mathematica I always feel that strings are "second class citizens." Compared to a language such as PERL one must juggle a lot of code to accomplish the same task. The available functionality is ...
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Highlighting text with StringReplacePart but also using Style, Subscript

For a Natural Language Processing analysis task it's desirable to highlight a text string programmatically according to XML tags that reference specific words or phrases. The XML tags specify the ...
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Partition string into chunks

This seems like it should be trivial, but how do I partition a string into length n substrings? I can of course write something like ...
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Searching a phrase in all *.nb files

I have so many *.nb files in a folder. In one of them I have written a phrase, unfortunately I cannot remember that file. I am searching about it and the file in ...
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DeleteCases on list of Strings

Consider the following: data={"AB","CD","AF"}; Now I would like to delete all String from data which starts with "A". Result:...
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StringReplace, ReplaceAll and Rule interact in a bizarre way

I have the following pair of things: ClearAll[foo, labeledFoo]; labeledFoo = {"FooBarBazQuux", foo}; This works like you'd expect: ...
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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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Convert recursive RegularExpression to StringExpression?

Consider the following expression for matching balanced brackets: ...
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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 "A"...
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Finding all sublists or substrings of a given list/string

Given a list or string, how do I get a list of all (contiguous) sublists/substrings? The order is not important. Example for lists: ...
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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 string of number into real numbers without precision loss

I searched and did not find similar answers which can resolve the 'no precision loss' issue. A sample string is: ...
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Visualizing the difference between two sequences (strings)

I'm trying to develop a way of comparing two sequences (probably originally text, such as text writing or source code, possibly converted to lists). As a familiar example, consider the revisions ...
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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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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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How do I make a string literal without having to escape backslashes?

I'd like to say something like: foo = @"\abc\def\ghi" instead of foo = "\\abc\\def\\ghi" How do I do this? This would ...
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How to change the font color of a variable in whole input cell

I want to track the occurrence of a particular variable in a code. So the idea is to change its color. Usually I do it in a crude way - convert the code into text and then use ...
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Finding relevant parts in XML document

My question is about a XML document and finding parts of strings. test = Import["C:\\Users\\filename.xml", "XMLObject"] This gives the following output: ...
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Getting a String from a list of strings

Is there a way to write down Mathematica with a string such as: {"M","a","t","h","e","m","a","t","i","c","a"}?
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Generate list of strings from a list of assigned variables

How do I generate a list of strings from a list of assigned variables? Eg. Convert ...
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How to join two strings one of which is Subscript? [duplicate]

If I write this one str=Subscript["x","y"]; StringQ[str] False How can I get str as string?
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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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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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Lexicographic ordering of strings in Mathematica

I recently realized that Mathematica seems incapable of comparing strings in the "normal" expected lexicographic order. Indeed, for some simulations, I need to process text directly, without fiddling ...
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Split a string at specific positions

Given a string of alphanumerical characters, how to split it simply and quickly at the center of continuous letter-substrings? Is there an elegant and fast solutions out there in the "computational ...
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Unicode-aware string functions?

I've recently discovered that ToUpperCase is quite unreliable on non-ASCII input: ...
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Splitting a list by specifying section headers

I have a list of strings called mylist: mylist = {"[a]", "a", "a", "[b]", "b", "b", "[ c ]", "c", "c"}; I would like to split ...
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Highlighting pattern strings in a large text

I would like to apply Style to strings that are matched, for example, with one or more specified patterns or regular expressions, a string or a list of both, ...
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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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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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Split a Unicode string maintaining uppercase characters

I want to split a string according to a predefined set of substrings (lowercase), though the actual text can contain uppercase characters anyplace. The task is to find the matches, longer preferred ...
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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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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 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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Converting a string containing whitespace-delimited numbers to a list of numbers

Suppose I have a string str that contains only whitespace-delimited real numbers: ...
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Style markers in strings

I'm dealing with strings in Mathematica and I would love to handle their stylling in the most cenvenient way. Without loss of generality, let's assume I want to make some parts of string ...
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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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How to remove accents from text?

I would like to know how I can remove accents from a string. For example, how can I transform "string test áéíóú" into ...