RE: [Q] Extracting patterns

• To: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net
• Subject: [mg18652] RE: [mg18607] [Q] Extracting patterns
• From: "Ersek, Ted R" <ErsekTR at navair.navy.mil>
• Date: Thu, 15 Jul 1999 01:45:44 -0400
• Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

```Kevin, Use Vebatim.
You should also use :> instead of -> in this case (see below).
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In[1]:=
Pattern[x, y] /. Verbatim[Pattern][a_, b_] -> a

Out[1]=
x

In[2]:=
a=47;

.....
.....
You do a lot of work, and forget (a) has a value.
.....

In[164]:=
Pattern[x, y] /. Verbatim[Pattern][a_, b_] -> a

Out[164]=
47

In[165]:=
Pattern[x, y] /. Verbatim[Pattern][a_, b_] :> a

Out[165]=
x

At Out[164] you don't get what you want.  Use :> and you get what you want
no mater what vale (a) might have.

In general don't use (lhs->rhs) when (lhs) has a named pattern and the name
of the pattern is used in (rhs).  Instead use (lhs:>rhs).

Regards,
Ted Ersek

-----Original Message-----
From: kj0 at mailcity.com
To: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net
Subject: [mg18652] [mg18607] [Q] Extracting patterns

How can I extract the first argument of expressions having the form
Pattern[x, y]?  I know how to do something like this in other
situations, e.g.:

In[1]:= Plus[x, y] /. Plus[a_, b_] -> a

Out[1]= x

But this strategy fails when the head of the lhs expression is Pattern:

In[2]:= Pattern[x, y] /. Pattern[a_, b_] -> a

Pattern::patsym: First element in pattern Pattern[a_, b_] is not a symbol.

Out[2]= x:y

In a last-gasp effort, I also tried:

In[3]:= Pattern[x, y] /. HoldPattern[Pattern[a_, b_]] -> a

Pattern::patsym: First element in pattern Pattern[a_, b_] is not a symbol.

Out[3]= x:y

to no avail.  Is there a way to do this?

Thanks,

kj0 at mailcity.com

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