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Re: possible bug in Cases/pattern matching??

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  • Subject: [mg6953] Re: [mg6859] possible bug in Cases/pattern matching??
  • From: Elaine Kant <kant at>
  • Date: Wed, 30 Apr 1997 22:25:04 -0400 (EDT)
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

Here is the ultimate solution to my problem of the apparently-off-in-
hyperspace behavior of Mathematica on longish expression (test):

   test /. xx_ + num_Real :> xx+mcDouble[num]

Using the following rule instead of the above rule gives a quick check
for any matches and a less combinatorially-intense matching routine:

   test /. p_Plus :>
     With[{result = Replace[p, (xx_) + (num_Real) :> xx + mcDouble[num]]},
        result /; result =!= p] /; MemberQ[Head /@ Apply[List, p], Real]

Thanks to David Withoff for the solution, and to him and Michael Trott
for explanation of why it was taking so long and general suggestions of
possible work arounds.  Thanks also to Richard Gross who has more patience
that me, and maybe a bigger and faster machine, who demonstrated that if
I had waited long enough I might have gotten an answer:

  In[5]:= Cases[tester, xx_ + num_Real, Infinity]//Timing
  Out[5]= {8424.35, {}}

 -- Elaine 

Elaine Kant
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