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Re: Using Select

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  • Subject: [mg76218] Re: Using Select
  • From: Szabolcs <szhorvat at>
  • Date: Fri, 18 May 2007 06:04:01 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: University of Bergen
  • References: <f2h94p$12p$>

Mark Coleman wrote:
> Greetings,
> I'm working on a small application and I'm searching for a way to  
> Select a subset of rows from a list based upon a list of criteria  
> chosen by the user.  Here is small (hypothetical) example. Say one  
> has a data set of consisting of a list of as follows:
> { {1,A,Blue,"Hello",10.5},{7,D,Green,"Goodbye",9.4}, 
> {6,S,Yellow,"Hello",6.9},{3,A,Blue,"Hello",8.0}....}
> The user will specify a letter and a color and the program should  
> Select[ ] the appropriate rows, e.g., if I pick Color=Blue and Letter  
> = A, then it will return
> { {1,A,Blue,"Hello",10.5},{3,A,Blue,"Hello",8.0}....}, etc.  Thus one  
> can enter Select[myData,(#[[2]]==A && #[[3]]==Blue)&] and get the  
> appropriate records.Note that The actual data set has about 20,000  
> records (lists), each with about 20 fields, and can select 7 or 8  
> different attributes, so the Select statements get fairly long.
> My question involves an efficient way to code the Select statement if  
> a user wants to chose records that correspond to any value of a  
> particular field, e.g., All of the Color=Blue, regardless of the  
> Letter choice,e.g.,
> Select[myData,(#[[3]]==Blue)&]
> More precisely, is there a way to pass Select the user choice of any  
> letter using some sort of 'wildcard' value that represents any value  
> for the specific attribute, i.e.,
>   Select[myData,(#[[2]]=='Wildcard' && #[[3]]==Blue)&]
> My motivation is that if I have may possible selection criteria, I  
> can still use a single Select statement.
> Thanks,
> -Mark

You could try using Cases instead of Select. Cases uses patterns 
("wildcards") for selecting elements.

Cases[myData, {_, _, Blue, _, _}]


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