Re: Select and Cases Give Different Answers

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• Subject: [mg99210] Re: Select and Cases Give Different Answers
• From: Raffy <raffy at mac.com>
• Date: Wed, 29 Apr 2009 06:43:03 -0400 (EDT)
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```On Apr 28, 1:42 am, Gregory Lypny <gregory.ly... at videotron.ca> wrote:
> Hello everyone,
>
> Suppose I have the following list that is a mixture of the string "NA"
> and five numeric quantities.
>
>         theList = {"NA", "NA", -0.01315, 0.0120957, -1/41, 0.00=
625, "NA",
> "NA", 5/8,  "NA"}
>
> I want to weed out the NAs, and all of the following
>
>         Cases[theList, _?NumericQ]
>
>         DeleteCases[theList, _?StringQ]
>
>         Select[theList, # =E2=88=88 Reals &]
>
>         Select[theList, # =!= "NA" &]
>
> work fine because each returns {-0.01315, 0.0120957, -(1/41), 0.00625,
> 5/8}.
>
> But I don't understand why Unequal, when used as the criterion for
> Select as in
>
>         Select[theList, # != "NA" &],
>
> fails to return the rationals, and I get only three elements
> {-0.01315, 0.0120957, 0.00625}.  I'd appreciate any clarification on
> the difference between UnsameQ and Unequal because my inclination in
> most circumstances is to use an equal sign or an unequal sign to make
> simple comparisons yet it doesn't give me the answer I expect, and I'd
> hate to make a costly mistake somewhere down the road!
>
> Regards,
>
>         Gregory

Oops to my own response:  Thread[ theList =!= "NA"] will immediately
be able to evaluate, instead, (# =!= "NA")& /@ theList

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