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RE: Building List

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  • Subject: [mg48036] RE: [mg48015] Building List
  • From: "Harvey P. Dale" <hpd1 at>
  • Date: Sat, 8 May 2004 01:23:40 -0400 (EDT)
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at


            Create a function to do what you wish, e.g. -


Then map it to your list -

fix /@ { {1,2},{3,4,5,6},{7,8} }

            It's better practice not to use capital letters, or initial
caps, in defining your own variables or functions.  That's because
Mathematica, by default, uses capital letters and initial caps in
defining its own variables and functions.



Harvey P. Dale

University Professor of Philanthropy and the Law

Director, National Center on Philanthropy and the Law

New York University School of Law

New York, N.Y. 10012-1074

-----Original Message-----
From: Bruce W. Colletti [mailto:bcolletti at]
To: mathgroup at
Subject: [mg48036] [mg48015] Building List

Re Mathematica

I have a list of lists -- e.g., L = { {1,2},{3,4,5,6},{7,8} } -- and
want to replace element-lists (whose length exceeds 2) with another list
built from that element.  All else is untouched.

For instance, using L above, replace {3,4,5,6} with {3,4}, {3,5}, {3,6}.

 This transforms L to the desired form { {1,2}, {3,4}, {3,5}, {3,6}, {7,8} }.

Although I can do this using Sow and Reap, am hoping there's an easier
way using rules (/.).  In general, I want to replace those L-elements x
(that meet a criterion) with foo[x].



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