simple set operations

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg57635] simple set operations*From*: Edward Peschko <esp5 at pge.com>*Date*: Thu, 2 Jun 2005 05:17:50 -0400 (EDT)*Sender*: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

hey all, I'm hesitant to ask these questions (because they are so simple) but after a 15 minute search through the docs I'm getting nowhere, so here goes: 1) what's the easiest way to generate a list of elements? ie: 'a' .. 'h' == { a,b,c,d,e,f,g,h } 2) Is there a quick way to check whether an element is in a set? if ('a' == (any('a','b','c','d')) { print "a is in a,b,c,d"; } The first one I see could possibly be done by 'Array', but I don't see how - the '#' refers to the generation of numbers, but there seems to be no corresponding 'letter' symbol. As for #2, the easiest way would be through an overloading of the '==' operator, but again, that doesn't seem to work.. Thanks much for any help, Ed