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Re: replacement x->y except in Exp[x]

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  • From: Murray Eisenberg <murray at>
  • Date: Sat, 10 Jul 2010 04:01:03 -0400 (EDT)

I is not a "symbol"!


   3+I /. I-> -I
3 + I


   (2/3) /. 2->5

Please stop beating the dead horse.

On 7/8/2010 8:34 PM, AES wrote:

> ...Is it ever a good idea to use ReplaceAll to do word-processing-type
> "global find and replace" changes like this?
> Lengthy threads on this NG have pointed out the havoc that this can
> wreak if the symbol I is among those replaced, particularly if one
> attempts to do I ->  -I.
> Or is I the _only_ symbol in the entire Mathematica vocabulary that
> encounters this difficulty?
> (I really would like to know the answer to this question, even if this
> is entirely out of curiosity, not any real need.  I've asked it
> previously, and never gotten an answer.)

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