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Q: ReplaceAll with pattern in pattern


 howdy,

At the top of a notebook i want to define some constants like that:

shorts={a -> b^2,d -> a/f}
values={b -> 42,f -> 27}

and now i want to do some calculations using a,b,d,f as symbols:

matrix={{a,b},{d,f}}

and now I need to show the matrix:

matrix //MatrixForm

and now I want to know numerical values.

matrix /.shorts /. values


but this won't do the job. When the shorts are done, there are still
some a left, because they were introduced with the second replacement
rule. Is there any way to do things like that?

Greetings
	Christoph

PS: Mathematica 3.0 on NT
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