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Insulating data from code

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  • Subject: [mg66493] Insulating data from code
  • From: "Ray Koopman" <koopman at>
  • Date: Wed, 17 May 2006 03:29:22 -0400 (EDT)
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>From time to time I've wanted to partition the first level of one
list, say A, the same way that another list, say B, is partitioned.
One way to do this is

copyPartition[A_List, B_List] /; Length@A >= Length@Flatten@B :=
                              Module[{i = 0}, Map[A[[++i]]&,B,{-1}]]

But all the methods I've thought of have a pointer that functions
something like i in the above code. I'd like to eliminate the pointer,
because in the unlikely event that A contains an unevaluated symbol
that is the same as the name of the pointer with $ appended -- e.g.,
i$, if the pointer is i -- then in the returned list that symbol will
have a numeric value assigned to it. Unique[i] doesn't help. The
only solution I see is the probabilistic one of giving the pointer a
strange (random?) name that hopefully would be very unlikely to show
up as data. But that would be giving up. Does anyone have any ideas?

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