How to substitute?

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg45474] How to substitute?*From*: Steve Gray <stevebg at adelphia.net>*Date*: Fri, 9 Jan 2004 05:20:43 -0500 (EST)*Sender*: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

\!\(\((y\_0 - z\_3)\)\ \((\(-y\_1\) + z\_3)\)\ \((\(-y\_2\) + z\_3)\)\ \((\(-y\_3\) + z\_3)\)\) I have output cells containing various expressions such as (y[0]-z[1]) (y[1]-z[2]) (y[4] - z[0]), where I use [x] here to mean subscript. The integers can have any small values. For compactness of expression, I want to make substitutions which make the above expression look like Q[0,1]Q[1,2]Q[4,0]. There are many combinations of subscript pairs and I don't want to write explicit substitution rules for every possible combination. I tried doing /.(y[i]-z[j]) -> Q[i,j] , and /.(y[i_]-z[j_]) -> Q[i,j] but they don't work. Any suggestions will be gratefully received.