Re: Transforming/expanding a list

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg127983] Re: Transforming/expanding a list*From*: Murta <rodrigomurtax at gmail.com>*Date*: Fri, 7 Sep 2012 04:56:09 -0400 (EDT)*Delivered-to*: l-mathgroup@mail-archive0.wolfram.com*Delivered-to*: l-mathgroup@wolfram.com*Delivered-to*: mathgroup-newout@smc.vnet.net*Delivered-to*: mathgroup-newsend@smc.vnet.net*References*: <k29m0t$a8r$1@smc.vnet.net>

Hi Mark There is one suggenstion data={"x1",Null,Null,"x2",Null,Null,Null,Null,"x3",Null,Null,"x4","x5",Null} ConstantArray[#[[1]],Length[#]]&/@Split[data,(#2==Null)&]//Flatten {"x1", "x1", "x1", "x2", "x2", "x2", "x2", "x2", "x3", "x3", "x3", "x4", "x5", "x5"} best Regards Murta On Thursday, September 6, 2012 5:15:28 AM UTC-3, Mark Coleman wrote: > I'm working on some Mathematica code that will help transform a large set of lists drawn from my company's legacy database systems. A typical row of the raw data looks like > > > > {x1,NULL,NULL,x2,NULL,NULL,NULL,NULL,x3,NULL,NULL,x4,x5,NULL} ... > > > > The lists are sequences of real numbers, separating some some number of Strings which for convenicence sake we call "NULL" (as opposed to a proper Mathematica Null). The goal is to create a new list where each NULL is replaced by the real number that most recently proceeds it (note that any number of NULLs may occur before or after any real values). I would like the code to return > > > > {x1,x1,x1,x2,x2,x2,x2,x2,x3,x3,x3,x4,x5,x5} > > > > > > Thanks > > > > Mark