Re: Use pattern to find minimum without using min

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg71858] Re: Use pattern to find minimum without using min*From*: "dimitris" <dimmechan at yahoo.com>*Date*: Fri, 1 Dec 2006 06:22:11 -0500 (EST)*References*: <ekmdbc$7th$1@smc.vnet.net>

First Sort the elements then pick up the first element of the list lst = Table[Random[Integer, {3, 20}], {20}] {14, 19, 8, 13, 18, 9, 6, 5, 13, 10, 12, 13, 11, 14, 12, 19, 16, 17, 14, 17} lst //. {a___, b_, f___, c_, d___} /; c < b -> {a, c, d} % /. {x_, y___} -> x {5, 10, 11, 12, 14, 17} 5 Regards Dimitris Ï/Ç wooks Ýãñáøå: > Tried > > {9, 4, 6, 5, 3, 7} //. {a___, b_, c___, d_, e___} :> b /; (b < d) > > and > > {9, 4, 6, 5, 3, 7} //. {x_,y_,z___} :> {x,z} /; (x<y) > > without much success.