I got this from examples, and it works, but I can not understand it

first the initial data

f1[x_] := 4 x^3 + 0.1 x^2 - 7 x - 1
pss = Plot[f1[x], {x, -1.3, 1.53}]


mx = Max[Last /@ Level[Cases[pss, _Line, Infinity], {-2}]]


mn = Min[Last /@ Level[Cases[pss, _Line, Infinity], {-2}]]

both work but I do not understand this _Line ??


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This goes back to the basic structure of expressions in WL. Every expression has a Head, even the built-in operators, like List:


For a pattern,


this will match expressions with Head h. So, in

Cases[pss, _Line, Infinity]

_Line matches Line[...]. Note: it won't match the bare symbol, e.g.

MatchQ[Line, _Line]
(* False *)


(* Symbol *)
  • $\begingroup$ Now I saw, after doing FullForm that the only part of huge basic commands is the one preceded by Line, before I did not undertand how complex a simple Plot can be. Thanks for help @rcollyer $\endgroup$ Commented Aug 15, 2018 at 19:29
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    $\begingroup$ @AnxonPués I don't recommend viewing Plot using FullForm it's liable to drive you mad. :) InputForm is bad enough. A difficulty is that the FullForm is how an expression is interpreted, but due to wanting "nice" markup, the details are often hidden. Try a/b, for instance. :) $\endgroup$
    – rcollyer
    Commented Aug 15, 2018 at 20:03
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    $\begingroup$ @AnxonPués You may want to try shortInputForm. $\endgroup$
    – xzczd
    Commented Aug 16, 2018 at 7:59

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