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Re: Pattern matching
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Feb 19, 2011 5:13 AM


There is no way to modify the rule and get the result you expect. f[u+0] becomes f[u] before the rule is even applied. You can modify the way you apply the rule, like so:
rule = f[u + x_ ] :> x
ReleaseHold[ Hold[ f[u+0] ] /. rule ]
Begin forwarded message:
From: "Andr=E9 M. Grabinski"@smc.vnet.net Date: February 18, 2011 1:33:47 AM Subject: Pattern matching
Hi everyone,
hopefully someone of you could answer me a simple question concerning patterns in Mathematica 8. Consider the following minimal example,
In[1]:= rule = f[u + x_] > x; f[u + 5] /. rule f[u + 0] /. rule f[u] /. rule
Out[1]= 5
Out[2]= f[u]
Out[3]= f[u]
Now the question: in which way do I need to modify "rule" in order to get "0" as result for "Out[3]"? Of course I could add a second rule, i.e. "rule = {f[u + x_] > x,f[u] > 0}", but I feel like there should be a more elegant way than to take care of each and every exception (okay, in this minimal example this wouldn't matter but I'm just interested in the general way of setting up patterns).
Thank you very much in advance,
A.G.



