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Re: labeling problem

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  • Subject: [mg46442] Re: labeling problem
  • From: Jens-Peer Kuska <kuska at>
  • Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2004 03:01:49 -0500 (EST)
  • Organization: Universitaet Leipzig
  • References: <c0utqu$e60$>
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and in Mathematica you can do something like


how ever this is not very clever to do that because it is very hard
to make a loop over all "pi" symbols or to access all "p1","p2" ...
symbols sequenceial. You should use p[i] instead because it is 
much simpler to loop through the new variables..

And with a construction like

lst = {{a, b}, {c, d}, e, f, {g, h, i}, j, k, {l.m}, {n, o, p}, 
    q, {r, s}, {{t}}};

pos = Position[lst, {_, _, _}]

lst[[Sequence @@ #]] & /@ pos

you don't need a For-loop or what ever to get the values
form the positions.


Janos wrote:
> Before I re-invent the wheel let me ask:
> I need to assign  names to list elements in a nested list based upon
> their position in the nested list.  For example if I have a list:
> lst = {{a,b},{c,d},e,f,{g,h,i},j,k,{l.m},{n,o,p},q,{r,s},{{t}}}
> then
> pos=Position[lst,{_,_,_}] will give me
> {{5}.{9}}
> Now, I am thinking to assign a unique name to the list elements on
> these positions, like p5={g,h,i} and p9={n,o,p}.  I did not find yet
> how to create variable names with concatenation auto-magically from
> program.  In other programming languages I can do something like this:
> var="p"+NumToString[5]
> &var={a,b,c}
> and I could refer to it afterward as p5 and its value would be {a,b,c}.
>   The most handy would be if I could take just the name of the position
> and assign that to it, like:
> For[i=1, i<=Length[pos], i++, NumberToName[pos[[i]]]=lst[[pos[[i]] ]] ]
> and I would get:
> five={g,h,i} and nine={n,o,p}.
> Of course lst[[pos[[i]] ]] where' i' goes from 1 to 2 is somewhat doing
> it but it is a little bit complicated.
> I looked the book and the online documentation but could not find a
> function called NumberToName which would do
> NumberToName[5]
> five
> and vice versa
> NameToNumber[five]
> 5
> Is there such function or procedure in someone's drawer ?
> If not, then what is the right way to get a unique variable name with
> some clear deterministic nature - like above - from Mathematica ?
> Thanks ahead,
> János
> ------------------------------------------
> "There was a mighty king in the land of the Huns whose goodness and
> wisdom had no equal."
> Nibelungen-Lied

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