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Finding lengths of identical sequences in lists

  • To: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net
  • Subject: [mg20240] Finding lengths of identical sequences in lists
  • From: Joel Cannon <jcannon at jcannon.washjeff.edu>
  • Date: Fri, 8 Oct 1999 18:30:16 -0400
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

I am looking for a more elegant solution to the following. I have a
list (a list of positions at consecutive times).  I wish to create a
new list of the length of each sequence of consecutive identical
members (including those of length 1). 

For example, for the list {3,2,2,3,3,3,1} I would create the list
{1,2,3,1} because the first 3 appears once, followed by two 2's,
etc. The lists I was working with contained a list of numbers
(e.g. {{x1,y1},{x2,y2},...} rather than simple numbers. I accomplished
this using a while loop, but I suspect there are better ways to do
this using pattern matching or other approaches.

Thanks much.


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