Re: Select and Cases Give Different Answers

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• Subject: [mg99202] Re: Select and Cases Give Different Answers
• From: dh <dh at metrohm.com>
• Date: Wed, 29 Apr 2009 06:41:19 -0400 (EDT)
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Hi Gregory,

it looks like a bug to me. Consider:

Unequal["NA", -(1/41)  ]

this does not evaluate, it does not return True. But:

Unequal["NA", -(1/41) 1. ]

does return True.

Daniel

Gregory Lypny 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, 0.00625, "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

>

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