Re: SameTest in Union

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• Subject: [mg61117] Re: SameTest in Union
• From: Jean-Marc Gulliet <jeanmarc.gulliet at gmail.com>
• Date: Tue, 11 Oct 2005 03:20:09 -0400 (EDT)
• Organization: The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK
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• Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

```Jack Goldberg wrote:
> Hi Folks,
>
> I know there is a simple answer to this question but the help index
> idoes not help!
>
> I have a list, something like this:
>
> lst = {1.1101, 1.11095, 1.11076, 1.09, 2.3523, 2.352. 2.35211}
>
> I want to remove from the list those entries which are near each
> other but not identical, leaving only one representative for each of
> these numbers.  One approach is to use  Union with the option
> SameTest->???.   Here the same test might be that the difference
> between entries is less than, say 10^(-2).   But I can't seem to get
> SameTest to work.  So, what I want is
>
> Union[ lst, SameTest- > ?]
>
> so that  the union returns
>
> {1.1101,  2.35211}
>
> Here, I chose 2 representatives.  Any other choice is OK;   say,
>
> {1.11095,  2.352}
>
> is also satisfactory.
>
> There may be other ways to do this, but I thought of  Union  first.
> Perhaps, Cases  or Select  might be better.  Any help is appreciated.
>
> Jack
>
Hi Jack,

One way of doing this is to use a pure function for *SameTest* that
compares absolute differences between each pair of values and returns
*True* whenever differences are less than, say, 10^(-2). Also, note that
I have corrected the syntax of your list for the last two numbers were
not separated by a comma but were concatenated by a dot.

In[1]:=
lst = {1.1101, 1.11095, 1.11076, 1.09, 2.3523, 2.352, 2.35211}

Out[1]=
{1.1101, 1.11095, 1.11076, 1.09, 2.3523, 2.352, 2.35211}

In[2]:=
Union[lst, SameTest -> (Abs[#2 - #1] < 10^(-2) & )]

Out[2]=
{1.09, 1.1101, 2.352}

Best regards,
/J.M.

```

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