# Relational operators on vectors

How do I use relational operators on vectors?

{1, 2, 3} > {0, 1, 2}
(*outputs {1, 2, 3} > {0, 1, 2}*)


More generally, I want {a,b}>{c,d} to be equivalent to a>c && b>d. Or, I would want to say vars>0 where vars is a vector of my variables and that one constraint forces them all to be strictly positive. How might I achieve that?

• Related question Mar 23, 2016 at 11:34

And @@ Thread[{a, b} > {c, d}]

(* a > c && b > d *)

• Great! And copying that for the vars>0 example: And @@ Thread[vars > Flatten[ConstantArray[0, {Length[vars], 1}]]] works. Mar 22, 2016 at 20:11

Here is a new operator ( ⪢,alias \[NestedGreaterGreater] ) that is a generalisation of the built-in > :

NestedGreaterGreater[x___] := And @@ Thread[Greater[x]]


This permits interesting operations :

• {a, b} ⪢ {c, d}

(a > c) && (b > d)

• {a, b} ⪢ {c, d} ⪢ {e, f}

(a > c > e) && (b > d > f)

• {a, b} ⪢ c ⪢ {d, e}

(a > c > d) && (b > c > e)

For clearity some parenthesis have been added in the previous results.

• by the way, I'm discovering that 1>x>2 gives False (with x symbolic) Mar 22, 2016 at 21:25
• I have tried this operator on a lot of special cases : it seems to be robust. If someone find a problem, I'm interested. Thanks. Mar 22, 2016 at 21:47
• I have not studied the precedence of the operator. Don't hesitate to use parenthesis. Mar 22, 2016 at 21:50

You can also use the BoolEval package. You'd use it like this:

Needs["BoolEval"]
FreeQ[BoolEval[{1, 2, 3} > {0, 1, 2}], 0]
(* True *)


Or

Times @@ BoolEval[{1, 2, 3} > {0, 1, 2}] == 1


The point being that BoolEval returns a 1 or a 0 for each comparison, representing true or false. If there are no zeroes that means that all comparisons were true.

How do I use relational operators on vectors?

BoolEval is a general answer to this question.

If you want a more compact syntax you could implement BoolEvalAnd, BoolEvalOr` etc. along the lines of the solution above.