Re: pattern matching: rules that stop other rules?
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- Subject: [mg71604] Re: pattern matching: rules that stop other rules?
- From: Jens-Peer Kuska <kuska at informatik.uni-leipzig.de>
- Date: Sat, 25 Nov 2006 05:36:39 -0500 (EST)
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Hi, there is a Attribute for If that prevent the evaluation of all other arguments than the first called HoldRest and this must be so because otherwise If[AQuestionQ,FormatMyHardDisk,OverHeatMyCPU] would evaluate FormatMyHardDisk *and* OverHeatMyCPU in all cases independent of the result of AQuestionQ. Regards Jens croddie at princeton.edu wrote: > Hello. I've been using Mathamatica for quite a while but without ever > finding out how the language works fundamentally, which I'm trying to > do now. I'd be grateful for some help in understanding patterns - it > seems like a powerful idea to me. There is something I can't work out. > > Define a function f [x_]:=0 say > Now If [ p, 1, f [ 2] ] evaluates to itself. So the rule in the > definition is not applied to f [ 2 ]. > > Replace If with some other undefined function, say qwerty, and you get > qwerty [ p, 1, 0] not surprisingly. And If [ p, 1, f [ 2] ] /. f > [x_]->0 returns If [ p, 1, 0 ]. > > Is there a rule associated with If that stops a rule (if that's the > right expression) from being applied inside it? Can users write such > rules? > > Thanks for any help. >