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Re: Function to detect presence of a variable in
*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net
*Subject*: [mg109411] Re: Function to detect presence of a variable in
*From*: Bob Hanlon <hanlonr at cox.net>
*Date*: Sun, 25 Apr 2010 06:26:53 -0400 (EDT)
Count[(1/x)^x, x, -1]
2
Count[(2/x)^(x*w^4*z), x, -1]
3
This gives an enexpected result because Count is operating on the FullForm in which x appears 3 times
(2/x)^(x*w^4*z) // FullForm
Times[Power[2,Times[Power[w,4],x,z]],Power[Power[x,-1],Times[Power[w,4],x,z]]]
You can freeze the form with Unevaluated
Count[Unevaluated[(2/x)^(x*w^4*z)], x, -1]
2
ClearAll[countMeIn];
SetAttributes[countMeIn,
{HoldFirst, Listable}];
countMeIn[expr_, var_] :=
Count[Unevaluated[expr],
var, -1]
countMeIn[(2/x)^(x*w^4*z), x]
2
countMeIn[(2/x)^(x*w^4*z), {x, y, w, z}]
{2,0,1,1}
Bob Hanlon
---- carlos at colorado.edu wrote:
=============
I would like to have a function
k = CountMeIn[expr,var]
that returns the number of times var appears in expr, eg.
CountMeIn[(1/x)^x,x] returns 2. var could be a list, in which case
k would be a conforming list: k = CountMeIn[(2/x)^(x*w^4*z),{x,y,w,z}]
should return {2,0,1,1}. expr is never a list.
Tried to use Position for this, but the behavior is finicky:
Position[1/x,x] returns {{1,1}} but Position[x,x] or Position[1*x,x]
returns {{}} (why?) May be expr should be converted to {expr}
inside the function for safety?
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