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

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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 duplicates?

I have a list of the form: {{1, 0, 1}, {2, 1, 2}, {1, 0, 3}, {2, 4, 2}, {2, 1, -1}, {1, 0 ,0}} that I would like to sort such that I calculate the sum over the ...
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Map a function over the columns of an M x N array

I have a $N \times M$ list of lists, or rather, a list of records and I want to map a function over its columns (e.g. find the mean temperature, age, etc.). Map ...
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Alternatives to While Loops?

I am using Mathematica to run a probabilistic simulation. Essentially, I have a list of members of a population (they only have one, numerical, attribute, so it's just implemented as a list of ...
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Threading behavior of SameQ vs Equals

I ran into a bug in my code today based on an errant assumption. Namely, I thought that: ...
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How can I get every distinct size-n combination of a list?

Let's say I have a list: {a, b, c} I would like to, for say $n=2$ get every distinct pair from that list. That is, the expected result should be, for some ...
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Re-arranging / selecting of a data table very slow in For loop [duplicate]

My task is quite simple; I have a table of data like M = {{1,2}, {1,3}, {3,4}, {5,1}, {6,9}, {6,8}, {6,1}}; so the table is sorted with respect to the first ...
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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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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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Distributing elements across a list of lists

I have two lists: u = {{1, 3}, {2, 6}, {3, 9}} v = {0, 4} and I want to obtain this list from them: ...
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Splitting up delimited data in lists

One task that I frequently find myself doing in Mathematica is splitting lists into lists of sublists, using specific elements to define the break-points. This is particularly useful with imported ...
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How to monitor the progress of Map?

I have a function doSomethingComplicated[...] that takes about 10s on average to evaluate. My list, listOfArgs has about 10000 ...
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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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Quickly selecting for points in a set that are within a critical distance of points in another set

Imagine two lists of two-dimensional coordinates: listA = RandomReal[{0,100},{202,2}]; listB = RandomReal[{0,100},{97,2}]; I'm attempting to quickly generate a ...
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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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Mathematica: finding min/max in list

I have a list of coordinates like this one: {{x1,y1},{x2,y2},{x3,y3},...,{xn,yn}} I need to get the minimum and the maximum of all x-values and the minimum and ...
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Quick multiple selections from a list

What is the fastest way to make multiple selections from a list? Compiled methods included. For example, here are two methods for selecting a subset, compared:- ...
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Two ways of map a function on the list: Which one is faster?

There are 2 ways to make a function listable on the list: Use Map or use SetAttributes. My question is, which one is faster, ...
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Generating an ordered list of pairs of elements from ordered lists

I have a pair of ordered lists. I want to generate a new ordered list (using the same ordering) of length n by applying a binary operator to pairs of elements, one from each list, along with the index ...
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Shuffle product of two lists

I want to do the following: I have two lists {a_1,...a_n}, {b_1,...,b_n} and I would like to build now all shuffles out of this. This means all unions of these ...
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How to add lists with unequal length?

Given lists of unequal lengths, I want to add them together element-wise, treating missing elements as zero. For example, {1, 2, 3} + {a, b} + {x} should give ...
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How to rebuild original data from a histogram?

I have data in the following form. I have a list of values and a list of frequencies that indicate how often each value has occurred. Example list of values: ...
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Intersection for lists of numeric data

I know that Intersection is a pattern matching function and will not evaluate list elements to determine if two or more list have equal elements. So my question is, ...
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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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A function that accepts a pair or a list of pairs

Probably a duplicate, but it's not easy to search on "lists". I have a function that accepts a list of lists, say {{a1, b1}, {a2, b2}, {a3, b3}} and performs some ...
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How can I simulate this animation of checking for prime numbers?

I can only implement a very simple one, I want to make my code look like that. Any better ideas? ...
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How to “ignore” an element of Map or MapIndexed

Say I have some function that I'm applying every element in a list to... if that element matches some criteria: ...
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Passing large list by reference

I have the following problem: I would like to control evaluation of a variable that points to a list. For example, frequently in the code I have functions of the form that are supposed to work on ...
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Elegant way to handle columns operations

Inspired by this question from @sjdh and by my recurrent use of columns operations in database sets, I was looking for one way to make columns operations more symetric, so I can handle with matrix and ...
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Is it possible to compute trapezoidal rule numerical integration?

Is it possible to compute trapezoidal rule numerical integration? I know that Mathematica has Interpolation, and that a list of points can be interpolated and then ...
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Combining two lists of different dimensions into a list of all combinations of points?

I have two ranges of values, one from 0 to 20 and the other from 0 to ...
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Is there a bug in Pick?

I wanted to use the Pick function with a condition. But there seems to be an issue here. Take a look at this: ...
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What is the right way to rotate an array?

Suppose I have an array, not necessarily square: a = $\left( \begin{array}{ccc} 1 & 2 & 3 \\ 4 & 5 & 6 \\ 7 & 8 & 9 \end{array} \right)$ I want to rotate it like one ...
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Using MapIndexed only at certain elements of a list

MapIndexed is a very handy built-in function. Suppose that I have the following list, called list: ...
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Gather list elements by index

The following list has some elements that are labeled. For example {1, 2} -> 1, {-1, 3} -> 3, etc: ...
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How to create a list of pairs from 1d list(s)?

Say I've got two 1-dimensional lists A = {1,2,3} B = {a,b,c} How do I create a list of all pairs from list A such that the ...
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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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Replace For-loop with functional code

I am very new to Mathematica. I have code written using for loops. I want to rewrite it using Map/Thread but I am not sure how ...
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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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Delete duplicates in a list, depending on the sequence of numbers

Below, list is a representative sample of my list, which contains lists of integers. I would like to be able to input: ...
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How to efficiently Append a result of an operation on each element of a list to itself

I'm looking for the best function to apply the product of the last two elements of sublist elements to each element: Example: ...
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Building matrices by attaching vectors (columns) and matrices

Having the need to attach a column to a matrix or to join matrices to make longer rows is an operation that I use very frequently and I find the Join function ideal ...
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Ways to compute inner products of tensors

One way to evaluate the following sums is combining Table and Sum: $u_{abcd} = \sum_{e=1}^3 v_{aeb}w_{ced}$ $q_{ab} = \sum_{d,e=1}^3 v_{d e a}w_{deb}$ It will look like ...
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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, eg ...
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Adding Lists Together

This is something that should be simple, but the documentation and other questions don't seem to deal with it. I can think of mechanically doing it through a loop, but I know there must be a better ...
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From a list of dates get a list of the last date available in a each month

I wondered if anyone has another or even a more direct way of finding the last dates of each month available from a list of successive dates? I currently do the following (note: nothing special about ...
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Looking for an elegant way to construct this tensor-product-ish list

I would like to make the following matrix: ...
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Unexpected behavior from GatherBy in version 7

I have come across what appears to be a bug in GatherBy. It appears similar to the problem of using Table[Random[], {1000}] in ...
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Inserting points along a linear interval between adjacent coordinates in an array

Say I have a list of coordinates in an array {{0, 0}, {0, 1}, {1, 1}} I'd like to create a new array where, between each pair of nearest-neighbor coordinates in ...
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Convert head Times to List

I can convert an expression with the head of Times,for example, 12*12.5*13*13.5*14*14.5 to {12, 12.5, 13, 13.5, 14, 14.5} by ...