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Understanding Flatten

  • To: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net
  • Subject: [mg46314] Understanding Flatten
  • From: Harold.Noffke at wpafb.af.mil (Harold Noffke)
  • Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2004 21:58:11 -0500 (EST)
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

Mathematica 5.0.1 on Windows 2000
MathGroup:

In my study of Flatten, the Mathematica Book gives this example ...

	You can use Flatten to "splice" sequences of elements into lists
	or other expressions.  

	In[5]:= Flatten[ {a, f[b, c], f[a, b, d]}, 1, f ]

	Out[5]= {a,b,c,a,b,d}

I modified In[5] as follows ...

	In[1]:= Flatten[ { {a, f[b, c], f[a, b, d]}, {g, f[e, g]} }]

	Out[1]= {a, f[b, c], f[a, b, d], g, f[e, g]}	
	
I don't see why adding {g, f[e, g]} as a second list to the In[5] example
unflattens Flatten's answer.  What am I misunderstanding?

Thanks.
Harold


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