Re: ReplaceAll

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• Subject: [mg90410] Re: ReplaceAll
• From: dh <dh at metrohm.ch>
• Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2008 07:48:35 -0400 (EDT)
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Hi Bruce,

note that M=b**a'+a**b' works as expected. Then look at:

(-a ** bp) // FullForm

and you see that ** binds stronger than Times. Therefore, a pattern

that works for "-a" as well as "a" reads:

Optional[c1_Integer]c2_** b'**b**c3_->c1 c2** x **c3

hope this helps, Daniel

Bruce Colletti wrote:

> Re Mathematica 6.0.2 under WinXP.

>

> Why doesn't the following substitute x for b'**b (appears in the third, fourth, sixth and seventh summands)?  (a**b')**b/.b'**b->x does.

>

> Thankx.

>

> Bruce

>

> In[1]:= M=b**a'-a**b';

> Distribute[M**M**M,Plus]/.b'**b->x

>

> Out[2]= (-a**b^\[Prime])**(-a**b^\[Prime])**(-a**b^\[Prime])+b**a^\[Prime]**(-a**b^\[Prime])**(-a**b^\[Prime])+(-a**b^\[Prime])**b**a^\[Prime]**(-a**b^\[Prime])+(-a**b^\[Prime])**(-a**b^\[Prime])**b**a^\[Prime]+b**a^\[Prime]**b**a^\[Prime]**(-a**b^\[Prime])+b**a^\[Prime]**(-a**b^\[Prime])**b**a^\[Prime]+(-a**b^\[Prime])**b**a^\[Prime]**b**a^\[Prime]+b**a^\[Prime]**b**a^\[Prime]**b**a^\[Prime]

>

>

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