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Re: What is @@@?

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  • Subject: [mg87203] Re: [mg87190] What is @@@?
  • From: Murray Eisenberg <murray at math.umass.edu>
  • Date: Fri, 4 Apr 2008 02:56:35 -0500 (EST)
  • Organization: Mathematics & Statistics, Univ. of Mass./Amherst
  • References: <200804031018.FAA26115@smc.vnet.net>
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You'll find this in the tutorial "Input Syntax". -- tutorial/InputSyntax.

(You can get to that from the main Documentation Center > Core Language 
 > Syntax >tutorials.  Or if in Mathematica 6.0.2 you open the built-in 
Virtual Book, then from Core Language > Appendix:Language Structure > 
Input Syntax > Types of Input Syntax.)

On that tutorial page, search for @@@.  You'll see that

   expr1 @@@ expr2

is a special input form that means

   Apply[expr1, expr2, {1}]

So the effect is to replace heads in the parts of expr2 at level {1} by 
expr1.

For example:

   Remove[f,g,a,b]

   Apply[f, g[List[1, 2], List[a, b]], {1}]
g[f[1,2],f[a,b]]

     f@@@g[List[1,2],Lis[a,b]]  (* same thing *)
g[f[1,2],f[a,b]]

More concrete example:

   Apply[Plus, {{1, 2}, {a, b}}, {1}]
{3,a+b}

   Plus @@@ {{1, 2}, {a, b}}   (* same thing *)
{3,a+b}

Contrast that with, e.g.:

   Plus @@ {{1, 2}, {a, b}}
{1+a,2+b}

that is,

   Apply[Plus,{{1,2},{a,b}}]  (* same thing as preceding *)
{1+a,2+b}


Kevin J. McCann wrote:
> I have seen several references to the command @@@ in this newsgroup, but 
> a query of the online Documentation Center just refers me to Apply (@@). 
> What does it do and where can I read about it?
> 
> Thanks
> 
> Kevin

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