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

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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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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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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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On generalizing Partition[] (with offsets) to sublists of unequal length

The usual Partition[] function is a very handy little thing: ...
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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 ...
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Numbering nested list according with Depth (or Level)

(This question is slightly similar with Sequentially numbering a nested list, but not exactly the same.) What I want Say I have a nested list ...
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Local max/min of Mathematica data sets

Is there a way in Mathematica to find the local maxima of a set of points? Suppose you have ...
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Specifying string patterns in DeleteCases

It seems that DeleteCases is not compatible with string patterns, at least directly (see, for example, this question). Is this true? If so, why is this the case? ...
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Drop selection of columns from a ragged array

I have an application where I need to drop some arbitrary list of columns from a ragged array (where of course the shortest array rows have at least all the specified columns). E.g., given a ragged ...
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Get the coordinates from ContourPlot and RegionPlot

How do I get the coordinates from a contour plot I've done in Mathematica? For example, I have a two-variable function f[x, y], for which I can make a contour plot: ...
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Using MapAt to map at a particular depth (levelspec)

I have the following sample list (my actual list is, of course, much longer): ...
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How to use Map inside MapThread?

Given this input lst1 = {{a, b, c}, {d, e, f}}; lst2 = {1, 2}; and the goal is to generate this output ...
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Computing the equivalence classes of the symmetric transitive closure of a relation

I have a list of pairs, for example: ...
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List manipulation: position & max value combination

Starting with {{0, 0, 0}, {1, 1, 2}, {2, 3, 3}, {3, 4, 5}} I would like to get {{0, 2, 3, 5}, {1, 3, 2, 3}} where the ...
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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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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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Any built-in function to generate successive sublists from a list?

Given lst = {a, b, c, d} I'd like to generate {{a}, {a, b}, {a, b, c}, {a, b, c, d}} but using built-in functions only, ...
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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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Graphically approximating the area under a curve as a sum of rectangular regions

I am completely new to Mathematica. Basically I was trying to write a code to plot a function and draw the approximate area by rectangles. To be more precise, plot a function ...
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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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Threading elements over corresponding elements in the second list

I often need to merge two lists like the following: $A=\{\{0.1\},\{0.2\},\ldots,\{1\}\}$ $B=\{\{x_1\},\{x_{21},x_{22},x_{23}\},\{x_{31},x_{32},x_{33}\},\ldots,x_N\}$ in a way to ideally obtain a ...
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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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Max of a table/list with indeterminate values

Suppose I have a Table: tab = {1., 2., 3., Indeterminate} When I type Max[tab] I get ...
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Element-wise test on List elements

This question could sound pretty silly but I can't find a way to apply element -wise tests to a list. For example if I digit ...
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Elegant way to partition list to be faster than `ParallelTable` (using `ParallelSubmit`), or some alternative?

Suppose you have a function fun[x_] := (Pause[.05*x]; x^2); of which you know that its evaluation time increases with its argument - in this case obviously ...
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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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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 ...
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DeleteCases messing with my mind

I'm losing my mind. Please tell me my laptop is doing weird things and not me. Or do I need to get committed someplace? ...
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Function returning Null along with other unexpected expressions

When I use some function, at the end along with the output I get some NULLs returned that I don't understand the reason for and are highly undesirable. For example, when I define the reversal of list ...
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hexList[[1]] returns a list of decimal numbers

Sorry for not being clear about this question earlier. I appreciate the answers I got, but the edits I made should make the question more understandable. I have been working with hex in ...
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How to create functions of arbitrary number of variables? [duplicate]

In the following code what would be the simplest way to generalize it to say some $N_f$ number of $z$ instead of just $z_1$ and $z_2$? ...
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Fastest way to check for List membership

I have a set of say 100 numbers {1,3,7,11,19,...3971}. All elements are previously determined. I want to check whether ...
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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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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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Simple algorithm to find cycles in edge list

I have the edge list of an undirected graph which consists of disjoint "cycles" only. Example: {{1, 2}, {2, 3}, {3, 4}, {4, 1}, {5, 6}, {6, 7}, {7, 5}} Each ...
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DeleteCases on list of Strings

Consider the following: data={"AB","CD","AF"}; Now I would like to delete all String from data which starts with "A". ...
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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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Vlookup function as Excel in Mathematica

How can we create a Vlookup function, similar to what we have in Excel? So if we have a table a and another b, we could add ...
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How can I define a Listable function only apply to a vector?

Consider the function f which should behave as f[{{1, 2}, {3, 4}, {5, 6, 7}}] ...
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How to get Matlab data imported with the same dimensions?

I have some Matlab image data with the following dimensions (output is from Matlab): >> size(im) ans = 86 86 3 45 The data imports just fine ...
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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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Bug in MovingMap (breaking change between version 10.1 and 10.0.2)?

The MovingMap window spec has been changed between version 10.1 and 10.0.2. Version 10.0.2 ...
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How make f[{x,y}] evaluate as f[x,y]? [duplicate]

I frequently encounter the situation where I have a function of two real variables defined, e.g.: f[x_, y_] := 9 - x^2 - y^2 But then I need to feed into ...
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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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Filtering and Replacing outliers

I have a set of data that measurements of temperature vs time (date). It is easy to realize when the sensor went wrong as one might see a blip on the data. How to teach to Mathematica to: 1) Detect ...
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Behavior of Inner depends on List dimensions?

Consider the following case: ...