Pattern matching

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg116516] Pattern matching*From*: "André M. Grabinski"@smc.vnet.net*Date*: Fri, 18 Feb 2011 04:33:47 -0500 (EST)

Hi everyone, hopefully someone of you could answer me a simple question concerning patterns in Mathematica 8. Consider the following minimal example, In[1]:= rule = f[u + x_] -> x; f[u + 5] /. rule f[u + 0] /. rule f[u] /. rule Out[1]= 5 Out[2]= f[u] Out[3]= f[u] Now the question: in which way do I need to modify "rule" in order to get "0" as result for "Out[3]"? Of course I could add a second rule, i.e. "rule = {f[u + x_] -> x,f[u] -> 0}", but I feel like there should be a more elegant way than to take care of each and every exception (okay, in this minimal example this wouldn't matter but I'm just interested in the general way of setting up patterns). Thank you very much in advance, A.G.