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Re: List Position

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  • Subject: [mg15766] Re: List Position
  • From: Joerg Schlichtmann <joerg.schlichtmann at>
  • Date: Sun, 7 Feb 1999 02:03:48 -0500 (EST)
  • Organization: Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum, Rechenzentrum
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Harry flynn schrieb:
> Can anyone tell me how I find the position in a list of the first value
> less than or equal to zero.
> For example, how can I get Mathematica to tell me that in the list
> {{1},{1},{2},{8},{-3}}
> that the first value of interest to me is position 5. Thanks in advance.
> Harry.

What about this:

e.g. the list l:


finding the element {-3} functions as follows:

  If[l[[i,1]]<=0,{Print[l[[i]]," at Position ", i],i=Length[l]+1},i++]]



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