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Topic: Why does _+_==2_ (or, why is HoldPattern required for
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Re: Why does _+_==2_ (or, why is HoldPattern required
Posted: Jan 22, 2014 3:27 AM
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On 1/20/2014 10:42 PM, Itai Seggev wrote:
> MatchQ[x+x, _+_] would return False

That is actually much less surprising to me:
one expects evaluation of the first expression.
What is quite surprising is that `_+_` does
not stand for any+thing, `_*_` does
not stand for any*thing, etc.
(Not unless one uses HoldPattern.)
I do not consider these "edge cases".

As you say, a decision had to be made.
I am just trying to understand the decision.
Your answer that it treats all symbolic expressions
equally is very likely a good answer in the end,
but of course on its own it begs the question.

Alan Isaac

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