Not clear from DayMatchQ doc page but doesn't seem to work for say alternatives the way MatchQ does, eg

DayRange[Today,DayPlus[Today,30]] // Select[DayMatchQ[#,Monday | Wednesday | Friday]]

Returns {} as opposed to say matching Monday only. Is there a different syntax or workaround?

Don't tell me need to OR a list of DayMatchQ, ie WL diminishing orthogonality

  • $\begingroup$ DayMatchQ strictly takes only the following day types: All (default), "Weekday", "Weekend", Monday through Sunday, "EndOfMonth", "BeginningOfMonth", "BusinessDay", and "Holiday". No alterrnatives allowed. $\endgroup$ Aug 10 at 19:48

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I assume that DayMatchQ is more complicated than just matching a form. One workaround would be to use DayName:

  DayRange[Today, DayPlus[Today, 30]], 
  MemberQ[{Monday, Wednesday, Friday}, DayName[#]] &]

If we assume our data is store in data variable:

data = DayRange[Today, DayPlus[Today, 30]];
  1. We have DateSelect for date operations:
DateSelect[data, MatchQ[#DayName, Monday | Wednesday | Friday] &] 
  1. If you combine the Listable feature (not mentioned in Attributes) of DayName and Pick, you can get a faster alternative (almost 3 times faster + using 4 times less memory):
Pick[data, DayName@data, Monday | Wednesday | Friday]
  1. If you really care about performance, you can use numeric calculation instead which is around 30 times faster than the previous version while consuming 1/3 of its memory:
Pick[data, Mod[IntegerPart[(AbsoluteTime /@ data)/86400.], 7], 0 | 2 | 4]

Of course all the outputs are the same. The timing was measured with RepeatedTiming on your sample data.


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