Re: Replacement problem
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- Subject: [mg36961] Re: Replacement problem
- From: carlos at colorado.edu (Carlos Felippa)
- Date: Thu, 3 Oct 2002 00:16:54 -0400 (EDT)
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Jens-Peer Kuska <kuska at informatik.uni-leipzig.de> wrote in message news:<ane7e5$k79$1 at smc.vnet.net>... > Hi, > > > Sqrt[a] is internal Power[a,Rational[1,2]] and > 1/Sqrt[a] is interal Power[a,Rational[-1,2]] > and so a rule Sqrt[a]->q will not match with > 1/Sqrt[a]. You need > > f = B*(A + Sqrt[X + Y + Z]) + C/(Sqrt[X + Y + Z]/4*F^2); > (f /. (X + Y + Z)^Rational[n_, 2] -> Q^n) > > Regards > Jens Thanks. That is exactly what I need for the Sqrt. These and similar rules ought to be in the help Examples under \. and \\. I should clarify three things. First, why use of FullForm is impractical. The source expressions I am dealing with are highly complex, with thousands of terms. The subexpressions to be replaced appear in hundreds of places, in many nested combinations. Detailed eye examination after each run would take a long time. Second, the operation subexpression->letter is used as preparation for conversion of those expressions to C. The "letters" will be names of "temps" (temporary variables) in C code. Upon replacing all subexpressions the source contracts to about 1-5% of original size. Third, there is a brute force replacement method which can be used (and was): output in InputForm, save cell as text, use a smart text editor that ignores blanks and CRs (e.g. emacs), and re-input for C conversion. This is cumbersome (the text has to be telnet'd to a Unix machine and back) and error prone but available as last resort. Perhaps a future version of Mathematica may incorporate a <- operator for this kind of "reverse expansion" to extract common subexpressions. The output would be the contracted expression and a temps list.