Re: Searching for embedded zeros in list

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg32143] Re: Searching for embedded zeros in list*From*: "Steve Gray" <stevebg at adelphia.net>*Date*: Sat, 29 Dec 2001 03:57:33 -0500 (EST)*References*: <a0jlsc$31m$1@smc.vnet.net>*Sender*: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

"Coleman, Mark" <mark.coleman at dri-wefa.com> wrote in message news:a0jlsc$31m$1 at smc.vnet.net... > Greetings, > > Can anyone suggest an efficient/elegant way of checking a list for > 'embedded' zeros. By embedded I mean the occurence of one or more zeros > between two non-zero elements (note: zeros at the ends of the list are > not relevant). For instance, the following lists all contain embedded > zeros: > > a={0.98,0.87,0.0,0.5,0.25} > b={0.9,0.0,0.0,0.0,0.0,0.0,0.05} > c={0.75,0.42,0.10,0.0,0.03} > > while this list does not d={0.0,0.90,0.75,0.42,0.25,0.0} > I was going to suggest using the built-in function Position[yourlist,0] but that probably makes the solution a little harder and slower. But my suggestion is still valuable because it tells you one of the things NOT to try. :) Besides you probably thought of it right away.