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Re: List Manipulation

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  • Subject: [mg72413] Re: List Manipulation
  • From: "Ray Koopman" <koopman at>
  • Date: Wed, 27 Dec 2006 05:11:00 -0500 (EST)
  • References: <emo866$g29$>

Stratocaster wrote:
> I'm not sure if the following is possible or whether it exists somewhere
> between the realms of fantasy and science fiction.  I have been unable to do
> it.
> Given a list, set, vector (whatever you want to call it) consisting of
> functions of the same variable, i.e.
> list = {a1+b1*k, a2+b2*k, a3+b3*k...}
> Assuming they are all linear (of the form a+b*k) is there away to isolate
> the a_i and b_i values?  Essentially I would like to get a list "A"
> consisting of all the intercept values, and a list "B" consisting of all the
> slope values.
> Is this possible?  What kind of operations do I need to use to accomplish
> this (if indeed it is possible)?
> Thanks for any insights.

You could also do  {A,B} = Transpose[ CoefficientList[#,k]& /@ list ]

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