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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


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