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*Subject*: [mg54317] Re: [mg54300] Re: [mg54271] Re: Bug Report - Two numerical values for a same variable
*From*: Andrzej Kozlowski <akoz at mimuw.edu.pl>
*Date*: Thu, 17 Feb 2005 10:30:38 -0500 (EST)
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The reasons why Rational[2,3] or Complex[2,3] are atoms are nor really
mathematical but come from considering the structure of expressions in
the Mathematica language and way expressions are transformed by various
structured operations. To see what I mean consider the following list
ls = {1, 2, 3/4, 5 + 6*I, Rational[a, b]};
Note that 3/4 evaluates to the atom Rational[3,4] but Rational[a,b] is
not an atom and is actually meaningless.
I think most people would agree that we would like all the numbers
1.2,3/4 and 5+6I to be treated "in the same way" by various structured
operations that accept level specifications, such as like Map, Apply
etc. This is indeed the case. Consider
In[2]:=
Map[g, ls, -1]
Out[2]=
{g[1], g[2], g[3/4], g[5 + 6*I], g[Rational[g[a], g[b]]]}
You can see the difference between the treatment of the atomic
Rational[3,4] (or Complex[5,6]) and non-atomic Rational[a,b]. This and
similar reasons justify treating Rational[3,4] and Complex[5,6] as
atoms. This is a quite different issue from the one whether rationals
or complex numbers are in some mathematical sense "atoms" or not. A
case can be made both for the "yes" and the "no" answer, but it has
nothing to do with the reason why in Mathematica Rational[2,3] and
Complex[5,6] are atoms.
Andrzej Kozlowski
On 16 Feb 2005, at 20:36, Murray Eisenberg wrote:
> The manipulations below are precisely what's so confusing about
> Rational
> objects (and Complex objects) being atoms. If
>
> 1/2 /. Rational[x_, 2] -> Rational[x, 7]
>
> works, then why not the following?
>
> Part[Rational[1, 2], 2]
>
> I can "believe" that integers and reals (and maybe strings) are atoms;
> but believing that rationals and complex numbers are atoms is a hard
> thing to swallow!
>
> This has always bothered me -- and hence given me trouble trying to,
> um,
> rationalize this to students when I've taught Mathematica.
>
>
> Scott Hemphill wrote:
>> DrBob <drbob at bigfoot.com> writes:
>>
>>
>>> That explains it, but only in the sense that "things fall down" is a
>>> theory of gravity. Why should Rationals be atomic, for goodness
>>> sake? And how did I use Mathematica all this time without hearing
>>> about it?
>>>
>>> Sigh...
>>
>>
>>
>> In[1]:= FullForm[1/2]
>>
>> Out[1]//FullForm= Rational[1, 2]
>>
>> In[2]:= 1/2 /. Rational[x_,2] -> Rational[x,7]
>>
>> 1
>> Out[2]= -
>> 7
>>
>> Scott
>
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>
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