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Re: "short circuiting" And and Or

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  • Subject: [mg70607] Re: [mg70582] "short circuiting" And and Or
  • From: Sseziwa Mukasa <mukasa at>
  • Date: Sat, 21 Oct 2006 05:13:47 -0400 (EDT)
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On Oct 20, 2006, at 5:21 AM, Szabolcs Horvat wrote:

> I'd like to write a function that tests whether there are any elements
> in a list that violate a certain condition. I could simply use
> And@@condition/@list, but for reasons of efficiency I'd like to stop
> the testing as soon as a "False" value is found. Is there any elegant
> way of doing this without writing an explicit While loop?

Elegance is in the eye of the beholder but

NestWhile[Block[{l =
    Rest[#]}, If[l == {}, l, Prepend[Rest[l],
        And[First[#], condition[First[
         l]]]]]] &, Prepend[list, True], # != {} && First[#] &]

gives the desired result.  It returns a list containing the first  
element which for which condition is false followed by the rest of  
the original list.



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