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RE: List manipulation question

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  • Subject: [mg15907] RE: [mg15852] List manipulation question
  • From: "ELLIS, Luci" <EllisL at>
  • Date: Wed, 17 Feb 1999 23:33:47 -0500
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

Try using a pair of replacement rules:
	Swap23[list_?VectorQ]:= list /.

The only problem you might have with this is if there are other elements in
the list with exactly the same values as the second and third parts (but
this is unlikely with real numbers).

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-----Original Message-----
From: Maarten.vanderBurgt at [mailto:Maarten.vanderBurgt at]
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Subject: [mg15907] [mg15852] List manipulation question

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Dear all,

In the following piece of code I define a function Swap23 which is ment
to swap elements 2 and 3 in a list.
Executing the function on a simple list I get an error. Why do I get
this error? Why do I not get this error when I execute the commnad from
Swap23 "by hand" as is shown in In[4]?

Thanks for any help

Maarten van der Burgt
Icos Vision Systems

           temp = L[[2]];
          L[[3]] =temp;

In[2]:= mylist = {1,2,3};

In[3]:= Swap23[mylist]

Set::"setps": "\!\({1, 2, 3}\) in assignment of part is not a symbol."
Set::"setps": "\!\({1, 2, 3}\) in assignment of part is not a symbol."

Out[3]= {1,2,3}

In[4]:=   temp = mylist[[2]];
          mylist[[3]] =temp;

Out[4]= {1,3,2}

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