Re: negative pattern matching anyone?

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• Subject: [mg43766] Re: negative pattern matching anyone?
• From: Paolo Bientinesi <pauldj at cs.utexas.edu>
• Date: Fri, 3 Oct 2003 02:28:51 -0400 (EDT)
• Organization: University of Texas at Austin
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```> > Then, is there a way to match both -3 and -a with the same pattern?
>
> Yes -- use Sign:
>
>    h[x_] := Abs[-x] /; Sign[x] == -1
>    h[x_] := x^2
>
> Cheers,
> Paul

Thanks for all the answers, but all of them solve the problem
with two different patterns (basically using ||).

About the Sign suggestion, it doesn't seem to work, since
Sign[-a] yields -Sign[a]:

h[x_ /; Sign[x] == -1]:= Abs[x]
h[x_]:= x^2

h[-3] is 3

but

h[-a] is a^2
--
Paolo

pauldj at cs.utexas.edu		        paolo.bientinesi at iit.cnr.it

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