Re: List Manipulation

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• Subject: [mg124922] Re: List Manipulation
• From: James Stein <mathgroup at stein.org>
• Date: Sun, 12 Feb 2012 05:03:26 -0500 (EST)
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```What you want is curiously similar to the output of
Map [ { # } & , Flatten [ l1 l2 ] ]
which yields
{{a},{2 a},{3 a},{4 b},{5 b},{6 b},{7 c},{8 c},{9 c}}

which I think is not what you want.

If Mathematica allowed you to override multiplication (which I think
it does not)
then this might be close to what you want; you could override multiplication:
Times [ a_, b_ ] := { a, b };

The following function, neither simple nor elegant, and unlikely to
neatly expand
to accommodate whatever problem underlies your simple question:
f [ x_ ] := Which [
True, {x}];

Would allow a one liner:
Map [ f [ # ] &, Flatten [ l1 l2 ] ]
given exactly the output you wish.

But alas, I fear all this is likely worse than your own solution.

On Sat, Feb 11, 2012 at 3:36 AM, Murta <rodrigomurtax at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi All
>
> I'm looking some better solution for the below list manipulation:
> l1={a,b,c};
> l2={{1,2,3},{4,5,6},{7,8,9}};
> output = {{a,1},{a,2},{a,3},{b,4},{b,5},{b,6},{c,7},{c,8},{c,9}}
> It's a simple distributions of terms.
>
> I used this solution, but I think it's not an elegant one:
>
> f[a_, b_] := Flatten[{a, #}] & /@ b;
> MapThread[f, {l1, l2}] // Flatten[#, 1] &
>
> Some clue?
> Maybe with Outer or Inner?