Re: Length of a held expression

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• Subject: [mg96543] Re: Length of a held expression
• From: David Bailey <dave at removedbailey.co.uk>
• Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2009 06:55:51 -0500 (EST)
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```Nikolaus Rath wrote:
> Hello,
>
> How can I get the length of a list in a Hold[] expression? I.e. if
>
>  b = Sequence[1,2];
>
> then I want the length of {b,3} given as 2. But
>
>  Length[{b,3}]
>
> gives me the length after splicing in b (which is 4), while
>
>  Length[Hold[{b,3}]]
>
> gives me the length of the hold expression (which is 1).
>
>
> Anyone able to help?
>
>
> Best,
>
>    -Nikolaus
>
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I think it would help to describe what you are trying to do at a
slightly higher level, because Sequence does its thing even inside Hold
- for example:

Hold[Sequence[1, 2]]

David Bailey
http://www.dbaileyconsultancy.co.uk

```

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