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  • Subject: [mg55066] Map, List
  • From: Steve Gray <stevebg at>
  • Date: Fri, 11 Mar 2005 04:20:42 -0500 (EST)
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	I wanted to convert

{a,b,c} to
{{a},{b},{c}}, (just an example)

and it occured to me that since List[xx] = {xx}, I could do

ml=Map[List,{a,b,c}] and get

making List in this case the inverse of Flatten. Now,assuming a,b,c have appropriate integer values,
I can do

Delete[ggon, ml]

where ggon is a list from which I want to delete an arbitrary set of list members.

Of course this worked. My only problem is that I might  not have thought of this obvious (in
retrospect) operation. Using List as a function is not mentioned in any of my several books. What
general principle applies that makes all such things functions?

Thank you.

Steve Gray

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