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

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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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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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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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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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Looking for “Longest Common Substring” solution

I'm looking for robust code to solve the "Longest Common Substring" problem. I can just code it up from that description, but I'd thought I'd ask here, first, in case someone knows of an ...
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What is the fastest way to count square-free words?

Background A word is a string of letters in an alphabet. A square-free word has no adjacent repeating substring. For example, (in the ternary alphabet of {0,1,2}) the words 00, 012121, and 0212012021 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to import all files of a folder at once?

I know how to import one textfile by calling its name filestring = Import["myfile.tex", "Text"]; Then "filestring" is a string with the myfile content. How do ...
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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 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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NotebookFind and String Pattern Expressions

Is there a way that NotebookFind can be used to match string pattern expressions rather than just strings? The documentation for ...
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How to express an integer number in English words?

How do I convert a number to a readable string? I would like to implement a function, inWords[], inWords[n_]:= ? which ...
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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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How to strip all formatting from a string and convert it to plain text?

The documentation on String states: But if I try to perform some manipulations on this string, for example, take 2 words from the left, I get some shards of ...
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Finding all dictionary words that can be made with a given set of characters (Wordfeud/Scrabble)

This is a slightly more involved variant of this recent question. By sheer coincidence I happened to have been building a Wordfeud (Scrabble clone) game in Mathematica. My interactive Wordfeud ...
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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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sprintf() or close equivalent, or re-implementation?

Is there a sprintf() command (some command that takes a printf-style format string and a list of values to insert into the ...
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Converting a large floating-point number to a single-line string

When I feed a large (or small) enough floating-point number to ToString, it produces a two-line string, with the first line containing only the exponent of 10: ...
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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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Grabbing a number of characters around a string pattern

If I have some string data: text = StringTake[ExampleData[{"Text", "DeclarationOfIndependence"}], 400] "When in the Course of human events, it becomes ...
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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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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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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". ...
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How do you get a list of filenames from a URL?

How would I get a list of filenames available at a URL? For example, list the files at: http://www1.ncdc.noaa.gov/pub/data/cmb/drought/weekly-palmers/2005/
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How to remove duplicate characters from a string?

How do you remove duplicate characters in a string without converting the string to a list. I want to delete all duplicate characters in a string (i.e. get the unsorted union of characters). For ...
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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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What is the fastest way to extract a substring from a huge string?

I develop an algorithm to find the most common substrings of a given length n up to a certain distance l in front of a pattern p in a huge sequence S. E.g. I want to find the most common hexamers ...
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Pasting “rectangles” of text side-by-side

In Emacs/Xemacs, there is a rectangle feature, such that you can delete, copy, etc., "rectangles" of text. Now suppose I have two text files, each containing one column of numbers. Is it possible to ...
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ToExpression fails with long nested string expressions

Consider the following conversion from String to Mathematica Expression: ...
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Rearranging a Polynomial

In Mathematica 8.04 on Windows, I want to display a formula in standard textbook format. The formula is the variance of an $N$-security portfolio. For two securities it is: ...
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Should I use \\\“ or \” to match " in regex?

Both of the following return True: ...
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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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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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DateList coupled with String Operations

Through some webscraping, I have the following list: ...
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What's a robust way to insert another extension into a filename?

I'd like to add an extension to a filename before the file extension, otherwise leaving the given filename the same. In particular, absolute filenames should stay absolute, and relative filenames ...
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Mathematica Typing Effect

Here is a Typing Effect in javascript. I could only implement a very simple one: ...
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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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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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How to get string representation (like repr in Python)

I have a string variable. I want to obtain another string which contains the representation of the string variable content itself. s = "a \n b" I need to get a ...
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convert long string to integer list

at first, i would like to thank all the people here. i'm working with mathematica for half a year now and always found great advice and tricks. now, i came up with a problem i couldn't find a ...
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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 ...
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Behavior of ImportString in Mathematica

I tried the following commands ...
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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? ...