Re: How to reverse sign on the y's in a list of (x, y)'s?

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• From: Murray Eisenberg <murray at math.umass.edu>
• Date: Fri, 14 Oct 2005 05:54:37 -0400 (EDT)
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```Here's one way, including an example to generate the pairs:

pairs = Partition[Table[Random[Integer, {-49, 50}], {6}], 2]
{{-43, -26}, {-22, 16}, {17, -44}}

pairs /. {x_?NumericQ, y_?NumericQ} -> {x, -y}
{{-43, 26}, {-22, -16}, {17, 44}}

The "?NumericQ" is used in order to avoid a spurious result in the case
that you have a list of exactly two pairs.

sherifffruitfly at gmail.com wrote:
> Hi all,
>
> This is really dumb, but I just don't know how to do it...
>
> Import from excel gives me a list of ordered pairs, and I want the 2nd
> element of each pair to be of opposite sign. Sticking the negative sign
> in front of the entire Import statement reverses both the 1st and the
> 2nd elements (duh). How do I get just the second item to reverse sign?
>
> thanks!
>
>

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