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# Longest

 Longest[p] is a pattern object that matches the longest sequence consistent with the pattern p.
• Longest works for both ordinary expression patterns and string patterns.
• If several Longest objects occur in the same expression, those that appear first are given higher priority to match longest sequences.
• Longest[p, pri] is given priority pri to be the longest sequence. Matches for longest sequences are tried first for Longest objects with higher priorities.
• Priorities can be any expression, and are ordered in standard Mathematica Sort order. Longest[p] specifies the highest possible priority.
• Longest objects with equal priorities are tried in the order they appear in the expression.
• If no explicit Longest or Shortest is given, ordinary expression patterns are normally effectively assumed to be Shortest[p], while string patterns are assumed to be Longest[p].
• For ordinary expressions, Longest[p] specifies that not just p itself, but also all parts of p should match the longest sequences.
Require that y__ matches the longest sequence it can:
The default is to have earlier patterns match shortest sequences:
Require that y__ matches the longest sequence it can:
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The default is to have earlier patterns match shortest sequences:
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 Scope   (1)
Use priorities to affect ambiguous choices:
 Applications   (2)
Find the longest sequence of integers:
Consider the following variable length argument function:
Use Longest to express it as one pattern:
For strings, the default is to have earlier patterns match longest character sequences:
This is equivalent:
Priorities are not supported in string expressions:
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