Re: Replacing list elements while retaining structure

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• Subject: [mg74032] Re: Replacing list elements while retaining structure
• From: "Ray Koopman" <koopman at sfu.ca>
• Date: Wed, 7 Mar 2007 03:07:37 -0500 (EST)
• References: <esdj70\$olc\$1@smc.vnet.net>

```See the thread "Insulating data from code" that ran May 16-23, 2006:

> Okay, so I have two lists, X and Y.  X has some complex structure
> which is important, but the values contained in X are not important.
> Y has values that are important, but the structure of Y is not.  I was
> to sequentially replace all the elements in X with the elements of Y.
>
> It's assumed that X and Y have the same total number of elements, i.e.
> Length[Flatten[X]] == Length[Flatten[Y]]
>
> Here is an example:
>
> In[8]:=
> structurize[{x,x,{{x},x},x},{1,2,3,4,5}]
>
> Out[8]=
> {1,2,{{3},4},5}
>
> This is what I have so far:
>
> structurize[X_List, Y_List] := ReplacePart[X, Flatten[Y], Position[X,
> a_ /; \
>       Table[{i}, {i, 1, Length[
>         Flatten[Y]]}]] /; Length[Flatten[X]] == Length[Flatten[Y]]
>
> This works fine so long as the elements of X are atomic expressions;
> however, if there is an element of X which is a more complicated
> expression, like x^2, then this function does not work as desired
> because the pattern in Position[] matches x^2 as well as x and 2.  Is
> there a way to avoid matching parts of a subexpression?  Is there a
> better way to approach the problem from the get-go?
>