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• From: dimmechan at yahoo.com
• Date: Sat, 7 Oct 2006 07:07:40 -0400 (EDT)
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```lst = (a[#1] + b[#1]*x + c[#1]*x^2 & ) /@ Range[3]
{a[1] + x*b[1] + x^2*c[1], a[2] + x*b[2] + x^2*c[2], a[3] + x*b[3] +
x^2*c[3]}

selectCoeff[lis_List, x_] := Cases[lis, x[_], Infinity]

(selectCoeff[lst, #1] & ) /@ {a, b, c}
{{a[1], a[2], a[3]}, {b[1], b[2], b[3]}, {c[1], c[2], c[3]}}

Apply[Plus, %, 1]
{a[1] + a[2] + a[3], b[1] + b[2] + b[3], c[1] + c[2] + c[3]}

dimmechan at yahoo.com wrote:
> Hello.
>
> What you need is very easy. But in order to do programming I need to
> modify a little your K list.
> For example the first element of the list, a1+b1 x +c1 x^2  was
> modified to a[1]+b[1]x+c[1]x^2 which
> apart for issues of programming is the proper one since as said you
> deal with power series.
>
> First define the list
>
> lst = (a[#1] + b[#1]*x + c[#1]*x^2 & ) /@ Range[3]
> {a[1] + x*b[1] + x^2*c[1], a[2] + x*b[2] + x^2*c[2], a[3] + x*b[3] +
> x^2*c[3]}
>
> Then use Cases
>
> Cases[lst, a[_], Infinity]
> {a[1], a[2], a[3]}
> Cases[lst, b[_], Infinity]
> {b[1], b[2], b[3]}
> Cases[lst, c[_], Infinity]
> {c[1], c[2], c[3]}
>
> and here is the desired user-defined function
>
> selectCoeff[lis_List, x_] := Cases[lis, x[_], Infinity]
>
> (*check*)
>
> selectCoeff[lst, a]
> {a[1], a[2], a[3]}
>
> If you insist on taking the result as {a1,a2,a3} (bad for you...) type
>
> % /. {a[1] -> a1, a[2] -> a2, a[3] -> a3}
> {a1, a2, a3}
>
> Regards
> Dimitris

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