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Topic: How do I use Select[list,condition]?
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Elizabeth J Earhart

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Re: How do I use Select[list,condition]?
Posted: Jul 30, 1996 3:02 AM
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In article <4thatm$>,
Jason Welter <> wrote:
>I have a list that looks like:
>data = {{1,1,a,4,5,6},{2,1,a,2,3,4},{3,1,a,7,8,9},
> {1,2,b,4,5,6},{2,2,b,2,3,4},{3,2,b,7,8,9},
> {1,3,c,4,5,6},{2,3,c,2,3,4},{3,3,c,7,8,9}}
>and I want to pick out the lists that have a 2 as the second element
>of the list. I tried something like:
>data1 = Select[data,data[[#,2]]==2];
>but this doesn't work. How do I do it?

data1 = Select[data,(#[[2]]==2)&];

Don't forget the '&' sign to signify a pure function - that's my
own most common Mathematica typo (just edging out typing '=' instead
of '=='). The test is performed on each element of data, not on the
list as a whole. You could also use some variant on

data1 = Cases[data, ls_List /; ls[[2]]==2];

I use this form more often because the format is interchangeable with
Count[] and Position[].


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