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Bug introduced in 10.1.0 and fixed in 10.3.1


The function DeleteCases can be used for associations, also with level specification. Here is an example where some values are associations:

asc = Association["a" -> Association[], "b" -> Association["c" -> Association[1 -> 1]]]

(* <|a -> <||>, b -> <|c -> <|1 -> 1|>|>|> *)

Deleting on level 1 works:

DeleteCases[asc, _Association]

(* <||> *)

Deleting on level 2 works as well:

DeleteCases[asc, _Association, {2}]

(* <|a -> <||>, b -> <||>|> *)

But deleting on both levels does not return what I would expect:

DeleteCases[asc, _Association, {1,2}]

(* <|a -> <||>|> *)

I cannot figure out why this happens. Is this a bug or intended behaviour?

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  • $\begingroup$ With MMa 10.1.0 under Win7 x64 I get <||> both for DeleteCases[asc, _Association, {1, 2}] and DeleteCases[asc, _Association, 2]. Which version do you use? $\endgroup$ – Alexey Popkov Jul 7 '15 at 11:24
  • $\begingroup$ @Alexey. Many thanks for your prompt reaction. I use version 10.1.0 on Windows 32-bit. When I restarted my computer and verified the result with a fresh kernel, I was shocked to see the same output as yours. I ran into this problem quite often the last few days, and fortunately I could edit my question such that the unexpect result now also appears with a fresh kernel. Do you mind to test it once again? $\endgroup$ – Fred Simons Jul 7 '15 at 11:50
  • $\begingroup$ With you updated example I get the same output as yours. Looks like a bug indeed. $\endgroup$ – Alexey Popkov Jul 7 '15 at 11:58

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