Naming pieces of patterns

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• Subject: [mg29816] Naming pieces of patterns
• From: Cyril Fischer <fischerc at itam.cas.cz>
• Date: Thu, 12 Jul 2001 02:52:30 -0400 (EDT)
• Organization: Inst. of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics
• Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

```How can I as simply as possible use "substitutions"
1.
-(I/(2 a)) /. I/(2 a) -> A
does not work, while
(I/(2 a)) /. I/(2 a) -> A
works well

2.
{(a + b), -(a + b)}/. a + b -> e
gives
{e, -a - b}

3.
{-Sqrt[a + b], 1/Sqrt[a + b]} /. Sqrt[a + b] -> e
gives
{-e,1/Sqrt[a + b]}

4.
{I, 2 I, -I} /. I -> J
gives
{J, 2 \[ImaginaryI], -\[ImaginaryI]}

I know _why_ these cases do not work, but I would like to know, if there
is a possibilty to use a common pattern rule to substitute all
occurences of an expression.

Thank you,
Cyril Fischer

```

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