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Re: String to List

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  • Subject: [mg76973] Re: [mg76959] String to List
  • From: János <janos.lobb at>
  • Date: Thu, 31 May 2007 03:17:50 -0400 (EDT)
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On May 30, 2007, at 5:36 AM, King, Peter R wrote:

> I have a string which in general looks something like
>  a="{x,16,x,1T,x}"
> In other words it looks like a list with a mixture of characters and
> numbers and so on. I want to pick out the individual elements of this
> (using the commas as delimiters)
> Clearly a[[1]] etc doesn't mean anything
> I can do b=ToExpression[a] and I get a list so b[[1]] is x  and
> b[[2]]=16 (that is the number sixteen but I can convert this back =

> into =
> a
> string with ToString. The problem is b[[4]] which ToExpression turns
> into T as it thinks I mean 1 x T.
> So I would appreciate help with either
> i) converting my original string to a list as I would like
> Or
> Ii) stopping the evaluation of 1T into T so that I can get the 
> string 1T
> (The only thought I had was to step through the original string
> character by character telling it to put the characters into different
> elements of a list each time  I pass a comma, but this looked a bit
> cumbersome).
> Many thanks,
> Peter King

Here is a newbie approach:

s = StringCases[StringReplace[
     a, "," -> " "],
{"x ", "16", " x", " 1T",
   " x"}

" 1T"


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