Positions of Polynomials in expr?

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg109325] Positions of Polynomials in expr?*From*: Jack L Goldberg 1 <jackgold at umich.edu>*Date*: Thu, 22 Apr 2010 03:29:38 -0400 (EDT)

Hi Folks, "Select" and "Cases" are commands that do essentially the same thing, namely, pick out elements of a list which, in the first case matches a criterion, in the second case, matches a pattern. I call these parallel commands. Is there a command parallel to "Position" which uses criterion rather than pattern matching? If no such parallel function exists, can one easily construct one? I actually have a special case in mind. I want to find the position of all parts of expr which fail the test PolynomialQ[f_,x]. Naively, I thought one might Map Polynomial[#,x]& to all levels of expr and then find the positions of "False". I haven't tried it because I'm betting someone knows how to do this neatly and I do not like to re-invent the wheel. When I do so, the wheel tends to be more like an oval than a circle. Thanks! Jack