Re: [Q] Extracting patterns

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• Subject: [mg18724] Re: [Q] Extracting patterns
• From: dreeves at flip.eecs.umich.edu (Daniel Reeves)
• Date: Sat, 17 Jul 1999 02:36:43 -0400
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```If you have a list, you can get the first element with Part or First.
Like  {x, y}[[1]]
But {x, y} is really List[x, y] and it turns out there's nothing special
You can get the first element from other things the same way, eg,

Pattern[x, y][[1]]

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On 13 Jul 1999, Kevin Jaffe wrote:

>
>
> 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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