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

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How to Set parts of indexed lists?

I would like to assign a list to an indexed variable and then change it using Part and Set like this: ...
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Best way to extract values from a list of rules?

Mathematica has a lot of list manipulation functions, and, also because I don't work with lists often, at times I'm a bit lost. I'll find a way, but I'm sure it's not the most efficient. Case in ...
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Equating matrices (or higher order tensors) element-wise

Say I have two matrices (or, as in my case, higher order tensors) $A,B$, and I want to solve the equation $A=B$. To do so , I need a list of equations that equate entry-wise the elements of $A$ and ...
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Thread over list in different levels

I have these two lists, both with the same length in the first dimension: ...
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Sort+Union on a list

Probably this is too trivial question for this forum but for some reason I am not getting it on my Mathematica 7 so far. I have a list ...
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How do I check if any element in a list is positive?

As a simple example of what I would like to do, suppose I have a list a of all real numbers. I would like to perform a simple check to see if some element of ...
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How to apply or map a list of functions to a list of data?

Say I have a group of functions: f1[a_] := a * -1; f2[a_] := a * 100; f3[a_] := a / 10.0; and some data in a list: ...
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How do I split up a curve into chords of equal length?

I have a curve that is defined as f[x] and what I'm attempting to do is to divide the curve into equal straight lengths for a number of segments of my choosing that I've defined as nSeg. I've created ...
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Undocumented form for Extract

Prompted by a comments conversation here, here's an interesting (and often performance enhancing) use of Extract: ...
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Emulating R data frame getters with UpValues

What's the best way to emulate R's data frames functionality? This includes the ability to select rows and columns in a 2-dimensional table by the string identifiers positioned typically in the first ...
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Selectively Mapping over elements in a List

I am using the following code to easily generate a row of images of all eight planets of our Solar System: ...
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“Unflattening” a list

Imagine we have a list with some hierarchical structure: list = {{{2,3},{2,4}},{{{3,4}}},{{5,6},{7,8}}}; Which we then flatten to some level in order to process ...
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how to efficiently apply function to all pairs of a set (and collect the results)

To build a graph, I need to apply a function f[a_, b_] to all pairs of a list (3500 elements). The function itself returns a link ...
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How do I find the elements in a list that return the highest value for a function?

Suppose we have a list of values and a function f. I want to find which of the elements maximizes the return value of the function in Mathematica. Let call the ...
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Efficient way to combine SparseArray objects?

I have several SparseArray objects, say sa11, sa12, sa21, sa22, which I would like to combine into the equivalent of {{sa11, sa12}, {sa21, sa22}}. As an example, I ...
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Selecting a sublist based on Length

If you have a simple list of lists as follows: test = {{1, 2}, {4, 5, 6, 7}, {5, 4, 3}} How do you ask Mathematica to return the sublist of greatest length? ...
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Prepend 0 to sublists

My question is similar to this one, but my goal is to prepend a single 0 the each sublist, not incrementally many 0's. The file I'm working is a CSV containing around 50K sublists of length 35. I've ...
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Permutations[Range[12]] produces an error instead of a list

This input: Permutations[Range[12]] Results in this (error) output: ...
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Counting the population of integers

Suppose that myData is a list of sublists. Each sublist has a length of one or greater and contains any number of replicates of the integers 1, 2, 3, and 4. I ...
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Instruct a Table to only evaluate until a condition is fulfilled

I am looking for the way of building a Table of pairs of numbers in a fast way. My true table evaluates huge functions, and I see no way and reason to show those cumbersome expressions here. Let us ...
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How to get list of duplicates when using DeleteDuplicates?

This might be easy, but can't find a way to use DeleteDuplicates to get also list of the actual duplicates. Example: ...
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Sequentially numbering a nested list

I've got a nested list {a, b, {c, d}, e, {f, {g, h}}} which I want to magically transmogrify to ...
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Ordering function with recognition of duplicates

Fairly often I have a need to get the Ordering of an expression but with recognition of duplicates. For example: ...
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Extracting values from nested rules in JSON data

I have been using Mathematica to analyse some data from the StackExchange API. It is conveniently available in JSON form, which Mathematica interprets as replacement rules. However, some of the rules ...
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Map and Apply a function on a nested list

I have a list like this: {{1,2}, {4,2}, {6,4} ... } I want to replace every second number with a function of that number. For e.g. ...
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Simpler way to fill date gaps with zero values

One basic problem when working with data like sales and dates is the case where you dont't have sales in all days, so you have to fill it to take information as average or to make a plot. See this toy ...
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Using Position (which requires a pattern) in the same manner as Select (which requires a criterion)

I am using Mathematica7. I have a list of lists (creatively named list in the following sample code) containing data. I would like to find the positions of the ...
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Finding all partitions of a set

I'm looking for straightforward way to find all the partitions of a set. IntegerPartitions seems to provide a useful start. But then things get a bit complicated. ...
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The gap between MapAt and ReplacePart for 2D data tables with headers

Consider a relational table derived from survey data, where each column ("001-01" ...) represents a responder and each row (...
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DeleteDuplicates[] does not work as expected on floating point values

Here is my simple example, and in this case function DeleteDuplicates does not work as expected. I want to FindRoot of my ...
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How to switch from List of rules to Association? [duplicate]

Considering we have a list of rules: ...
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How to use Union on list of lists without sorting them first?

If I do ClearAll[a, d] lsts = {{a, d}, {a, d}}; Union[lsts] I get the expected answer {{a, d}} but if I do ...
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Replace very small numbers by zero in the output of a list

I have a long nested list, but many elements are numbers of order 10^-18 or less, e.g. ...
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Elementwise join

I have two tensors of arbitrary but equal rank n (and equal dimensions): A and B, and I want to get a third tensor of rank n + ...
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How to sum over a List

list = {11.5575, 11.397, 5.52734, 4.0878, 2.54815, 1.86652, 2.55028, 2.14952, 1.6242, 1.34117} I have a list of numbers. How do I make a function that creates a ...
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Finding all length-n words on an alphabet that have a specified number of each letter

For example, I might want to generate all length n=6 words on the alphabet {A, B, C} that have one ...
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Finding Local Minima / Maxima in Noisy Data

I'm trying to find local minima / maxima in noisy data, consisting of data values taken at certain time intervals. Ideally, the function should take a pair of lists (one containing time values and one ...
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How to find the position of elements in a list satisfying criteria

Say I have a list x={2,4,6,8,10} and I want to find out the positions of the elements that are greater than 7. ...
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Tiling a square

I wondered if there was a way to automate the process of finding a way to tile a tile into a square. The idea is to represent the tile with a matrix of $0$s for blank space and $1$s for filled spaces ...
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How to Derive Tuples Without Replacement

Given a couple of lists like a={1,2,3,4,6} and b={2,3,4,6,9} I can use the built-in Mathematica symbol ...
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MapThread over sublists of different length

I have a list which looks like this: l={{1,0,3,4},{0,2},{0,0,1,3},{1,2,0}}. Now I would like to count how many 0s the sublists contain in the first, second,... ...
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Data Table Manipulation in Mathematica: Step 2

In this previous post (Data Table Manipulation in Mathematica) we find the brilliant suggestion proposed by Leonid Shifrin that allows to select specific rows identified by the header name. I'm now ...
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Accessing list elements by name

First, a bit of a long introduction to my problem: I only have a few weeks of Mathematica experience. I am creating a mathematica application that calculates some material properties of steel based ...
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Is there an equivalent to MATLAB's linspace? [duplicate]

Does Mathematica have an equivalent to Matlab's linspace? I want to make a list with "start", "stop" and "number of points". What is the neatest way of doing this?
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How to pass a list of arguments into HoldAll

I have a list of arguments (which in reality is lengthy): arguments = {a, b, c} arguments2 = {a_, b_, c_} f[Sequence@@arguments2] := a + b + c Note: It seems ...
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Checking for duplicates in sublists

I have a list with contains entries that are length 8 sublists,i.e. L1={{a1,b1,c1,d1,A1,B1,C1,D1},{a2,b2,c2,d2,A2,B2,C2,D2},...} and so on. Now, in my problem two ...
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On generalizing Partition[] (with offsets) to sublists of unequal length

The usual Partition[] function is a very handy little thing: ...
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From a list to a list of rules

Starting from these two lists, var = {a, b, c} values = {{1, 2, 3}, {4, 5, 6}, {7, 8 , 9}} how can I generate a list of rules? ...
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Implementing a function which generalizes the merging step in merge sort

One of the key steps in merge sort is the merging step. Given two sorted lists sorted1={2,6,10,13,16,17,19}; sorted2={1,3,4,5,7,8,9,11,12,14,15,18,20}; of ...