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Re: working with large strings.

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  • Subject: [mg21649] Re: working with large strings.
  • From: Harald Giese <giese at>
  • Date: Fri, 21 Jan 2000 03:59:58 -0500 (EST)
  • Organization: Institut fuer Meereskunde, Universitaet Hamburg
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dustin wrote:
> If you want to write a program that alters elements of very large lists
> you can alter single elements with
> largelist[[elementnumber]]=newvalue;
> However, if you want to do this with a large string you have to do
> something like
> largestring=StringTake[largestring,{1,elementnumber-1}]<>newvalue<>StringTake[largestring,{1,elementnumber+1}];
> The problem with this is it requires making a whole new copy of the
> string to change just one element.  This will really slow a program down
> if you are working with large strings or have to repeat the process many
> times.
> Does anyone know a way around this?

Hi Dustin,

Instead of using strings replace them by lists of characters (see Chap.
2.7.4 in "The Book").


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