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Re: Map, List

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  • Subject: [mg55095] Re: [mg55066] Map, List
  • From: Chris Chiasson <chris.chiasson at>
  • Date: Sat, 12 Mar 2005 02:36:43 -0500 (EST)
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  • Reply-to: Chris Chiasson <chris.chiasson at>
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I don't know why many things in Mathematica are functions. However, it
certainly makes things convenient. One thing to remember is that many
operations which may traditionally be applied (lol, unintended pun) to
lists, such as map or append, are easily applied to arbitrary

On Fri, 11 Mar 2005 04:20:42 -0500 (EST), Steve Gray
<stevebg at> wrote:
>         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
> ml={{a},{b},{c}},
> 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

Chris Chiasson
Kettering University
Mechanical Engineering
Graduate Student
1 810 265 3161

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