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Re: arrange lists side by side

Somehow, my post from yesterday didn't include the actual line of Mathematica code. So here it is again.

Your problem immediately made me think of using MapIndexed[ ] which uses a second parameter (#2) to refer to the position of each element that's being Mapped onto.  I use that position information to refer to the appropriate member of the shorter list. ( There's an inelegant  detail with subtracting 1 inside the Mod[ ] and adding 1 outside the Mod[ ], as well as needing Sequence[] to get the bracketing as desired, but I've grown use to these details with MapIndexed[ ]. )

So, using your a and b as defined:

In[] = MapIndexed[{#,  Sequence @@ a[[ Mod[#2-1,Length[a]] +1]] }&, b ]

john kiehl

On Thursday, April 28, 2005 2:40 AM, marloo3 at wrote:
>is there a way to spread out a small list over a bigger list recurrently like 
>a={28, 30, 17};
>b={1, 2, 9, 4, 5, 7, 3, 8};
>to give the output:
>the number of items in "b" do not neccesary  multiples of the number of items 
>in "a"
>okay this is my approach

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