# Selecting from a list of tuples

Given a list tuples Tuples[Range,2] I'd like to select the ones that match a certain criteria. Namely that for every pair {x ,y}, GCD[y, x] == 1 and Mod[x, y] != 2

I've tried the following.

Select[Tuples[Range, 2], Function[{x, y}, GCD[x, y] == 1 && Mod[x, y] != 2]]


But, I understand I'd have to supply the function with a symbol (and not a list).

How could I filter out that list of tuples?

• Tuples[Range, 2] // Select[GCD[#[], #[]] == 1 && Mod[#[], #[]] != 2 &] – Rohit Namjoshi Dec 2 at 2:56
• I tried something similar before, without the & at the end. It didn't work. Said #1 had no attributes or something akin to that. Why does it work with the & at the end? – Rodrigo Dec 2 at 3:02
• @Rodrigo - See the documentation for Function. When using a pure function with formal parameters (e.g., #1), the & is needed to mark the end of the pure function's body. – Bob Hanlon Dec 2 at 4:14
• Select[Tuples[Range,2],Apply[Function[{x,y},GCD[x,y]==1&&Mod[x,y]!=2]]] – mathe Dec 2 at 5:12

You may use Apply (@@).

Select[
Tuples[Range, 2],
Function[tupe, GCD@@tupe == 1 && Mod@@tupe != 2]
]

{{1,1},{1,2},{1,3},{1,4},{1,5},{1,6},{1,7},{1,8},{1,9},{1,10},{2,1},{3,1},{3,2},
{3,4},{3,5},{3,7},{3,8},{3,10},{4,1},{4,3},{4,5},{4,7},{4,9},{5,1},{5,2},{5,4},
{5,6},{5,7},{5,8},{5,9},{6,1},{6,5},{6,7},{7,1},{7,2},{7,3},{7,4},{7,6},{7,8},
{7,9},{7,10},{8,1},{8,5},{8,7},{8,9},{9,1},{9,2},{9,4},{9,5},{9,8},{9,10},{10,1},
{10,3},{10,7},{10,9}}


Hope this helps.

Another option is to use Cases

ClearAll[x,y];
data = Tuples[Range, 2];
Cases[data, {x_, y_} /; GCD[x, y] == 1 && Mod[x, y] != 2 :> {x, y}] I also made a function that combines Tuples and Select: saving sometimes a lot of memory:

ResourceFunction["SelectTuples"][Range, 2, (GCD @@ #) == 1 && (Mod @@ #) != 2 &]