Re: To be or not to be...
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- Subject: [mg62049] Re: To be or not to be...
- From: albert <awnl at arcor.de>
- Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2005 02:50:31 -0500 (EST)
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Ingolf Dahl wrote: > > To Mathgroup, > > Try the following commands in order: > > b = Sequence > > b == Sequence > > b != Sequence > > b === Sequence > > b =!= Sequence > > The four last lines all evaluate to "True" for me. Quite amazing! Was that a question? The reason is that Equal, SameQ, UnsameQ, Unequal all return True if called with zero (or one) arguments, which is in fact what you are doing, since Sequence does what it is meant to do, no matter whether the head of the expression is List, Equal or UnsameQ. If you want to test whether something is a Sequence or not you will need another approach, a simple way is to use a head with Attribute SequenceHold: SetAttributes[ccc, SequenceHold] ccc[b] =!= ccc[Sequence] ccc[b] === ccc[Sequence] which will give the results you probably expected... albert