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`m} y`Composite Item Adverb

Rank Infinity *-- operates on x and y as a whole --*
WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?

Create an array having the shape of an item of `y` that's a composite of the items of `y`.

Each atom of operand `m` selects an atom from the corresponding positions of the items of `y`

] y=: 'abcde' ,: 'ABCDE' abcde ABCDE 0 1 0 0 1 } y NB. for each atom of m, choose an atom from the items of y aBcdE

- Operand
`m`must have the same shape as an item of`y`. - Argument
`y`meanwhile is of course a list of items of the same shape as`m`. - Phrase
`m}y`has the shape of`m`, but it is a composite:

Phrase ` m} y ` is equivalent to ` m {"0 1&.|: y `, with the restriction that `m` must be numeric.

### Common Uses

The only reason to use ` m} y ` is one of efficiency:

- either you want to avoid the transposes of
`m {"0 1&.|: y` - or you want to use one of the Special Combinations.

1. Create a composite item *in place*

a =: 'ABC' b =: 'abc' a =: 0 1 1} a ,: b a Abc

This form, where `m} y` appears **in an assignment**, is handled by special code that modifies `a` without first making a copy.
Sentences taking advantage of this feature are very restricted in form.

Some other assignments using ` m} y ` are not in-place but avoid copying arguments.
They are likewise very restricted in form.

2. Create a composite item without transposing `m` and `y`

] a =: i. 2 3 0 1 2 3 4 5 ] b =: 100 + a NB. Two arrays 100 101 102 103 104 105 ] c =: 0 1 0 ,: 1 1 0 NB. selector 0 1 0 1 1 0 c} a ,: b NB. composite item 0 101 2 103 104 5 c {"0 1&.|: a,:b NB. equivalent 0 101 2 103 104 5

### Details

1. Operand `m` can be a gerund (`v0`v1`v2`) or (`v1`v2`), in which case `m}y` is executed as ` (v1 y)} (v2 y) `.
This form is not executed in place.

2. In-place assignment requires that ` 1 = 3!:0 myphrase `, that is, the internal type of `myphrase` is Boolean.

It does not suffice for the atoms of `myphrase` to consist only of `0` or `1` — the actual type must be Boolean!

3. An obsolete form of Composite Items: (`u} y`) was used in early versions of J.

where operand `u` is a verb.
Its use is deprecated in favor of ` m} y`.

### Oddities

1. Verb ` m} ` gives ` index error ` when `y` has only 1 item

(,0)} ,. 5 |index error | (,0)},.5 (,0)} 2 $ ,. 5 5

### Use These Combinations

Combinations using ` m} y` that have exceptionally good performance include:

**What it does****Type;**

**Precisions;**

Ranks**Syntax****Variants;**

**Restrictions****Benefits;**

**Bug Warnings**Composite item the `x`arrays are the same precision and not boxed, extended integer, or rational`name =: i} x0,x1,...,xm,:xn``=.`in place of`=:`

If there are 2

`x's`,`i`may be Boolean or integer, but if more than 2`x's`,`i`must be integer.

*No parentheses allowed*avoids catenation and lamination Composite item in place `b`is Boolean;`x`and`name`are the same precision and not boxed, extended integer, or rational`name =: b} x,:name`

`name =: b} name,: x`Must be same `name`either side.

*No parentheses allowed*avoids making a new copy of `name`

`x m} y`Amend Adverb

Rank Infinity *-- operates on [x and] y as a whole --*
WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?

`x m} y ` *amends* `y` by creating a new noun that is a copy of `y` with the *locations* `m` replaced by *new values* `x`

'gw' 0 3} 'cross' NB. Replace items 0 and 3 with 'g' and 'w' respectively grows

Because}is anadverb creating a verb,the amendment process uses the operand

mand the argumentsxandy.

Thus there are 3 parts to the amendment.

`m}` is executed to produce an *anonymous verb* that is executed on the arguments `x` and `y`.

The anonymous verb has access to the value of `m`.

It's the Derived Verbm}that does the work of updating the arrayy.This resembles assignment to an index of an array in other languages. But

x m} ycan assign many indexes at once.

It alsocreates a new copy of the entire arrayy.If you modify only a small portion of a very large array, use the

in-place formgiven below.

`x m} y` is used in J much less than you would think, considering the importance of in-place array modification in other languages.

Operand `m` gives the positions to be modified, and argument `x` the values to put there.
In the simplest case there is only position

y =: 'abcdefghijklmnop' y =: '*' 2} y NB. Modify position 2 y ab*defghijklmnop

Operand `m` may specify more than one target atom of `y`

y =: 'abcdefghijklmnop' y =: '*' 0 2 4 6} y y *b*d*f*hijklmnop

Each **atom** of `m` specifies a selection from `y`, just as with ` x { y `. Thus the above `m` has 4 selections: ` 0 2 4 6 `.

Each selected atom can have a different value.
The values in `x` must have the same shape as a *cell* of the selected portion of the array `y`, and is replicated as needed.

Details below. In the previous example `x` (an atom) matched the shape of a 0-cell of the selection.

y =: 'abcdefghijklmnop' y =: 'ABCD' 0 2 4 6} y y AbBdCfDhijklmnop y =: 'abcdefghijklmnop' y =: 'AB' (2 2$0 1 8 6)} y NB. Selection is 2x2. x matches the shape of a 1-cell of selection y ABcdefBhAjklmnop

Operand `m` can select from multiple axes

This is like multidimensional indexing in other languages

] y =: _4 ]\ 'abcdefghijklmnop' abcd efgh ijkl mnop y =: '*' (<2 1)} y y abcd efgh i*kl mnop

Operand `m` can make multiple selections from multiple axes to select a region of the array to be modified

y =: _4 ]\ 'abcdefghijklmnop' y =: '*' (<0 2;3 1)} y NB. Modify rows 0 &2, columns 3&1 y a*c* efgh i*k* mnop

Argument `x` can give the new value for atoms independently

y =: _4 ]\ 'abcdefghijklmnop' y =: 'AB' (<0 2;3 1)} y NB. Store 'AB' into position 3&1 of each of rows 0&2 y aBcA efgh iBkA mnop y =: _4 ]\ 'abcdefghijklmnop' ]x =: 2 2$ 'ABCD' NB. A different value for each modified atom AB CD y =: x (<0 2;3 1)} y y aBcA efgh iDkC mnop

The examples so far have used *assignment in place*, where the result of ` x m} y ` is assigned back to the original `y`.
But this is not essential.
**The result of ( x m} y) is a new modified array**, always having the same shape as

`y`, that can be used like any other array

'*' 2} 'abcdefgh' NB. Create an array and modify it. The modified array is the result. ab*defgh

x m} yreplaces parts of an array. If you want to modify internal portions of a multilevel boxed noun, look at utilities for amending boxed structures.

### Common uses

1. When converting seconds to hours/minutes/seconds, replace the first number in the base (`HMS`) with `0` to allow unlimited hours

HMS =: 24 60 60 HMS #: 96400 NB. this gives hours mod 24 2 46 40 ((0) 0} HMS) #: 96400 NB. unlimited hours... 26 46 40 (0) 0} HMS NB. ...by using modified base 0 60 60

2. Force a `1` into the last position of a list of frets, to avoid losing text

text =. 'Mr. Jones and Mr. Smith are here. Let them in.' ] frets =. '. ' E. text NB. Find the ends of sentences 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 frets <;.2 text NB. Box the sentences. Unfortunately the bit at the end is lost. +---------------------------------+ |Mr. Jones and Mr. Smith are here.| +---------------------------------+ ((1) _1} frets) <;.2 text NB. Stuff a 1 into the last position +---------------------------------+--------------+ |Mr. Jones and Mr. Smith are here.| Let them in.| +---------------------------------+--------------+ (1) _1} frets 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

3. Replace a single box in a list of boxes

]w =: ;:'The quick brown fox rested.' +---+-----+-----+---+-------+ |The|quick|brown|fox|rested.| +---+-----+-----+---+-------+ (,&'ish' each 2 { w) 2} w +---+-----+--------+---+-------+ |The|quick|brownish|fox|rested.| +---+-----+--------+---+-------+

### More Information

1. You can change portions of a noun *in place* (that is, without making a new copy of the noun), when no harm can come from doing so. The most common example of this is modification to a name that is about to be reassigned. Our examples have emphasized that form.

In this form of in-place modification you immediately assign the result of ` x m} namedy ` to the same name, so that the previous value of `namedy` can never again be used.
Only in that case is it safe for J to create the new noun in the same location in memory as the old one.

With big arrays, *amendment* without *in-place assignment* can be colossally inefficient

bigarray =: ] 5 (5)} bigarray NB. same result as above, but 100,000 times slower

Other places where in-place modification can be performed are discussed here.

2. Operand `m` may have any rank.

The locations of `y` that will be altered are those that would be **selected** by ` m { y `.

This means

- the full generality of indexing is allowed using boxed
`m` - if
`m`is a list of boxes, each box of`m`specifies a separate selection.

If `m` is an array, each atom of `m` must select a result of the same shape.

- This doesn't mean that each
`a`specifies similar-looking region in`y`, but that - The shape resulting from selecting using each atom of
`m`must be identical: in other words`$a{y`must be the same for each`a`in`m`.

y =: i. 6 6 100 (0 1)} y NB. selection is 2-list. Each atom specifies a row, so shapes match 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 100 (0;1)} y NB. two selections, but same result 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 100 (0;1 2)} y NB. second selection is bigger than the first --> error |domain error | 100 (0;1 2)}y 100 ((<0),(<a:;1))} y NB. select a row and a column. Each is a 6-atom list --> OK 100 100 100 100 100 100 6 100 8 9 10 11 12 100 14 15 16 17 18 100 20 21 22 23 24 100 26 27 28 29 30 100 32 33 34 35 100 ((<0),(<3;3 2 1 3 2 1))} y NB. Same thing here too 100 100 100 100 100 100 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 100 100 100 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35

3. Argument `x` must have the shape of a **cell** of ` m{y `

`x` is replicated as needed to the shape of ` m{y `

y =: i. 2 3 100 (0}) y NB. `x` (an atom) has the shape of a 0-cell of m{y, and is replicated 100 100 100 3 4 5 100 101 (0}) y NB. `x` is a 2-atom list, but m{y is a 3-atom list |length error | 100 101 (0})y 100 101 102 (0}) y NB. `x` is a 3-atom list, and so is m{y 100 101 102 3 4 5 100 101 102 (0 2}) i. 3 3 NB. `x` is a 2-atom list, m{y has shape 2 3, so x is replicated 100 101 102 3 4 5 100 101 102 100 101 (<(i. 2 2);0)} i. 4 4 NB. m{y has shape 2 2, x is replicated 100 1 2 3 101 5 6 7 100 9 10 11 101 13 14 15

4. If the selections specified by the atoms of `m` overlap, the amendments are applied in order, leaving the last one as the survivor

(Don't rely on this behavior in future versions of J!)

(100 200 300,:400 500 600) ((<0),(<a:;1))} i. 3 3 100 400 300 3 500 5 6 600 8

5. Operand `m` may be a gerund `v0`v1`v2`, in which case ` x v0`v1`v2} y ` executes as

(x v0 y) (x v1 y)} (x v2 y)

**Note:** all the verbs ` v0 v1 v2 ` are executed dyadically.

This form of ` x m} y ` is often useful in tacit verbs.
The modification is performed in-place if possible.

Apply a "substring;position couple": `x` (x -: *substring*;*starting-position*) to a given string `y`

**CASE 1:**

X=: 'CDEFG' M=: 2 3 4 5 6 Y=: 'abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz' X M} Y abCDEFGhijklmnopqrstuvwxyz

**CASE 2:**

x =: 'CDEFG';2 NB. the "substring;starting-position" couple y =: 'abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz' NB. the target string v0=: 4 : '0 {:: x' NB. return the substring from the couple: x v1=: 4 : 0 NB. return the list of indexes in y to amend 'substring startpos' =. x startpos + i. #substring ) v2=: ] NB. simply return y from the phrase: x v2 y (x v0 y) ; (x v1 y) ; (x v2 y) NB. <--> X;M;Y in CASE 1 (Just checking for equivalence) +-----+---------+--------------------------+ |CDEFG|2 3 4 5 6|abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz| +-----+---------+--------------------------+ g =: v0`v1`v2 NB. assign the gerund to a pronoun: 'g' type 'g' +----+ |noun| +----+ x g} y NB. do the amend abCDEFGhijklmnopqrstuvwxyz x v0`v1`v2} y NB. --or use gerund phrase itself directly abCDEFGhijklmnopqrstuvwxyz

### Details

1. An obsolete form of Amend: (`x u} y`) was used in early versions of J.

where operand `u` is a verb.
Its use is deprecated in favor of ` x m} y`.

### Use These Combinations

Combinations using `x m} y` that have exceptionally good performance include:

**What it does****Type;**

**Precisions;**

Ranks**Syntax****Variants;**

**Restrictions****Benefits;**

**Bug Warnings**Amend in place not boxed, extended integer, or rational `name =. x i} name`

`name =. x (i}) name`

`name =. name i}~ x`

or if`y`is an unnamed intermediate result`=:`in place of`=.`

Must be same

`name`either side.

Parentheses allowed around`x`and`i`**only**avoids making a new copy of `name`