Re: Problem with matching.

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• Subject: [mg53930] Re: [mg53907] Problem with matching.
• From: "Wolf, Hartmut" <Hartmut.Wolf at t-systems.com>
• Date: Fri, 4 Feb 2005 04:11:45 -0500 (EST)
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```>-----Original Message-----
>From: Josef Karthauser [mailto:joe at tao.org.uk]
To: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net
>Sent: Thursday, February 03, 2005 12:11 AM
>To: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net
>Subject: [mg53930] [mg53907] Problem with matching.
>
>Can someone tell me why this doesn't match?
>
>F[{x, 2, c}]F[{x, 1, f}] /. F[{___, a_, ___}]F[{___, a_, ___}] :> yes
>
>I'm expecting 'yes' to be returned if any of the list
>arguments to F[] contain the same value.  It doesn't match
>however; what am I doing wrong?
>
>Thanks,
>Joe
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>

In[2]:= F[{x,2,c}]F[{x,1,f}] /.
HoldPattern[F[{___,a_,___}]F[{___,a_,___}]] :> yes

Out[2]= yes

The first argument of Rule or RuleDelayed is evaluated before
application of the rule. HoldPattern prevents this.

In[3]:= F[{___, a_, ___}]F[{___, a_, ___}]

Out[3]= F[{___, a_, ___}]^2

which then of course didn't match.

--
Hartmut Wolf

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