# Tagged Questions

Questions on the manipulation of List objects in Mathematica, and the functions used for these manipulations.

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### Max element of a list with a custom ordering function

I need a function to find max element of a list according to some custom ordering function, assuming that the function implements a total order (elements being compared might not even be numbers). ...
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### How do I prune a list of pairs of numbers so that each number occurs on only one pair?

How do I select only the first pair of numbers in which a number occurs from a list of pairs of numbers? For example, I have ...
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### Transform a Sum into a List

I want to turn a sum like this sum =a-b+c+d Into a List like this: sumToList[sum]={a,-b,c,d} How can I achieve this?
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### Summing along rows or columns of a matrix

I have a list of rows in database such as {{a,b,c}, {d,e,f},{g,h,i}} I want to be able to add each row across and each column down (like a spreadsheet). In other ...
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### How to punch a hole in some 3D distribution of points

Suppose we have a long list of 3D Cartesian coordinates, defining a distribution of random points in 3D space. How could we remove all the points inside a sphere of radius ...
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### Preserve information in flattening a nested list

I have a series of lists in the form below: list={ {1,1} , {2,2}, {3,{3,1},{3,2},{31,{31,1},{32,2}}} } Its a nested list which the dimension is changing case to ...
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### remove -1 values from a list

I would like to turn a list which looks like this one: {{-1, -1, -1}, {-1, 2, 3}, {-1, -1, 2}, {2, 3, 4}} into one which looks like that one: ...
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### efficient way to give nearest neighbour and next nearest neighbour of every point in a point set

Suppose we have a point set, the points are labeled 1,2,3,....n. And p[i] is the coordinate of the point. Now I want the label of nearest and next nearest point (...
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### Find positions of duplicates that are neighbours

Assuming the following list {1,2,3,3,5,6,3} I would like to get the position of values that are next to each other and are duplicates. That is, the output should be {3,4}. Thank you for any help. ...
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### Optimize inner loops

I'm Mathematica newbie so please be gentle :) I have this, heavily non-optimized part of code, which I would like to speed up. I have put all matrices to be RandomReal, but in my code they take ...
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### Efficient method for Inserting arrays into arrays

This is strongly related to the following Questions: Looking for a way to insert multiple elements into multiple positions simultaneously in a list Building matrices by attaching vectors (columns) ...
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### Using Thread or MapThread over multi-level, ragged lists [duplicate]

This may be a rather strange question. I will try to create a sort of minimal working example. Suppose that I have two lists, list1 and ...
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### Basins of attraction of equilibrium points

The Henon-Heiles potential is the following V = 1/2*(x^2 + y^2) - y*(1/3*y^2 - x^2); which has four equilibrium points ...
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### Count number of sublists with a total not greater than a given max

Suppose I have a list of positive integers: data={1, 1, 2, 3, 3, 3, 5, 5, 5, 7, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 10, 12, 16, 23} I want to count the number of subsets up to ...
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### Add a vector to a list of vectors

What is the syntax to add v1 to each vector in v2? I know it has to be simple, but I really have searched and not found it. <...
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### What is the correct way to conditionally add elements to lists? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to avoid returning a Null if there is no “else” condition in an If contruct I have several situations where I need to conditionally add an element to a list, at various ...
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### How to apply a function to a list of tuples

trialList = {{0, 24.701}, {1, 24.69}, {2, 24.733}}; f[x_] := x + 1; I would like to apply the function f to only the second ...
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### Extracting parts of nested lists of rules using a syntax similar to JsonPath or Xpath

Given an example data set: ...
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### Nested list from a flat folder list

I have a list of folders and files in my current working directory as a result of a built-in function FileNames: FileNames["*", "", Infinity]]. It looks like this: ...
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### combining and comparing lists

I have 2 lists (of lists), where most of the contained lists match. That is, the lists contained in list1 mostly match the lists contained in list2. In this simplified example each of the inner ...
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### Dramatic speed difference of code on Matlab and Mathematica

Background: I was trying to convert a Matlab code (fluid simulation, SPH method) into a Mathematica one, but the speed difference is huge. Matlab code: ...
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### Efficiently searching a list for the position of the closest number to a specified number

Searching by closest and position I wasn't able to find an answer—but found Nearest by guessing. Nearest, however, returns ...
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### Built in way to de-list singletons?

Is there a built in method to de-list singleton expressions, like this rule-based solution: expr_ :> If[Length[expr] == 1, First@expr, expr] In data analysis,...
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### How to create a histogram of annual events, such as cherry blossom time

I have calculated blooming and ripening times for a specific variety of plant, based on actual temperature data from over 40 years. I would like to create two histograms on a single axis; one for ...
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### Concatenate strings from different levels of list

After a lot of trouble I've finally come pretty close to what I want to do. I now have a list that looks like this: ...
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### Splitting a list using SplitBy, by comparing adjacent elements [duplicate]

Suppose that I have the following list called mylist: mylist = {80.2, 80.3, 80.4, 327.6, 327.7, 327.8}; I would like to split ...
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### Count sublists which match pattern

I have a list which looks like this: data={{12,0},{0,0},{20,1},{0,0}, {0,-1}}. Now I would like to count the number of sublists which: have both slots zero the ...
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### question about Inner [duplicate]

question1: (code 1 something wrong, Why? and how to overcome this to achieve the next code's effect) ...
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### Non-descending Tuples

I want to get all the non-descending tuples of a list with given length, for example: f[{1,2,3,4},{3}] ...
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### Mapping (Query) a function at multiple locations in nested data via All, Span

For this data: dt = <|"a"-> <|"x"-> 1|>,"b"-> <|"y"-> 2|>,"c"-> <|"z"->3|>|> It’s awkward when mapping the same ...