Re: Using Select

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• Subject: [mg76248] Re: Using Select
• From: Jens-Peer Kuska <kuska at informatik.uni-leipzig.de>
• Date: Fri, 18 May 2007 06:19:40 -0400 (EDT)
• Organization: Uni Leipzig
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```Hi,

try MatchQ[#[[3]],Blue] if you wist to select Blue
and MatchQ[#[[3]],_] as the wildcard. And
to make it more easy

mypattern={_,_,_,_,_};
...
If[characterSelectedQ,mypattern[[2]]=selectedCharacter];
If[colorSelectedQ,mypattern[[3]]=selectedColor];
...
Select[lst,MatchQ[#,mypattern] &]

will do the job in one step without to many And[]s

Regards
Jens

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
>

```

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