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Re: interchanging elements in a list

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  • Subject: [mg2005] Re: [mg1993] interchanging elements in a list
  • From: Richard Mercer <richard at>
  • Date: Thu, 14 Sep 1995 23:27:04 -0400

>  Hi Group;

>  Am I the only Mma user to wonder why the obvious list
>  command  Interchange  is missing from Mma?  It is easy
>  enough to programm but why should we have to?  Interchange
>  is not a name used anywhere else in Mma (?), it is a
>  natural list operation, it is important in Gaussian
>  Elimination...

>  Presumably,

>  	Interchange[list_List,n,m]

>  should yield  list  with the nth and mth entries
>  interchanged.  Of course, Interchange might well be
>  designed to handle other heads besides List and perhaps
>  even have some level specs as options.

>  Jack Goldberg Univ. of Michigan

I agree entirely.

Here are four possible implementations.
The first is fastest; the third is shortest and is a condensation of the more  
natural second one; the fourth is intermediate in both length and speed.




list /. {list[[m]]->list[[n]],list[[n]]->list[[m]]};


list /. {#1->#2,#2->#1}& @@ Part[list,{m,n}];


Part[list,Range[1,Length[list]] /. {m->n,n->m}];

Richard Mercer

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