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

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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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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 to partition a list in a specific way

I have a list: a = {{1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4}, {5, 6, 7, 8, 5, 6, 7, 8}}; Using Partition and ...
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Simulate MATLAB's meshgrid function

Here is MATLAB's meshgrid. I came up with these implementations in Mathematica: ...
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How to split list into disjoint lists?

I wonder if there is any simple way to split a list into its disjoint sublists, e.g. from list={{a,b},{e,f},{b,c},{c,d},{f,g,h}} get a result ...
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How do I replace a missing value in a column with the value immediately above throughout a table?

I have a large table (7000 rows × 17 columns) of terse textual data. In many of the columns, empty entries have been replaced with "." as a marker. Working from the top of the columns downward, I want ...
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How to thread a list

I have data in format data = {{a1, a2}, {b1, b2}, {c1, c2}, {d1, d2}} Tableform: I want to thread it to : ...
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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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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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Constructing a list that includes a leading zero (01,02,03 … 55, 56, etc.)

I am constructing a list for use in file operations. Say I want to create list which contains values from 01 to 87. The kicker is that the first nine integers need ...
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Are there advantages to using generalized Part extraction instead of specialized functions like First, Last?

There are many ways to extract different parts of lists in Mathematica. For example, the first part of a list v can be accessed either as ...
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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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What's fastest way of defining 10^5 down values?

I want to define isGood[___] = False; isGood[#] = True & /@ list where list is a list of several million integers. ...
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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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Extracting matrix rows when one of its elements is part of a list (without a loop)

I have a matrix whose rows I want to extract based on whether the elements of one of its columns is a member of another vector (calling it the "comparison vector"). I would like to get better at ...
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Is there a faster way to create a matrix of indices from ragged data?

I have data that is given as a list of ordered pairs mixed with scalars. The pairs can contain infinite bounds. My goal is to convert the data into an index used in future computations. ...
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Partitioning a list of numbers the Mathematica way

I have two sorted lists, one list will be called the "fences" and the other the "values" Fences could be: $\{1, 5, 9, 14\}$ Values could be $\{-1, 1, 3, 4, 6, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15\}$ I want to ...
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Splitting a list by specifying section headers

I have a list of strings called mylist: mylist = {"[a]", "a", "a", "[b]", "b", "b", "[ c ]", "c", "c"}; I would like to split ...
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Elegantly pairing up mismatched lists

HistogramList returns a list of bin boundaries and a list of counts. There is one more boundary than counts, and I'd like to pair them up so I can feed it into ...
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How to extract and replace submatrix of a doubly-periodic matrix?

How can I effectively extract and replace a rectangular subpart of a toroidal matrix, i.e. one where boundaries are connected at opposite ends? Since the submatrix can overhang the edges, a simple ...
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Thread a function over a list and with a non-atomic 2nd parameter?

From the documentation, Thread's behavior on functions where the first parameter is a List and the second is an atomic expression, is this: ...
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Using Gather to rearrange my data

I have a list of elements: {{1, 2}, {1, 5}, {2, 6}, {3, 7}, {4, 8}, {5, 6}, {5, 9}, {9, 13}, {10,11}, {11, 12}, {11, 15}, {15, 16}} I have to divide it into ...
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Modifying a List in a function in place [duplicate]

An example will be most specific: func[list_, column_] := list[[All, column]] = Map[#*2 &, list[[All, column]]]; This throws errors. I want to avoid doing ...
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How to distinguish between lists and values?

I have a (hopefully small) problem with some numerical integration algorithm, more specifically I want to integrate the imaginary part of a complex valued function, e.g. ...
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find subsequences of constant increase

A list like l = {0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 12, 13, 18, 19} may have subsequences of constant increase, $a_{n+1} = a_n + k$. For example: ...
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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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Listing matrices up to symmetry

I am interested in the equivalence relation on N x N binary matrices, in which two matrices are equivalent if one can be obtained by rotating/reflecting the other. I would like to obtain a list ...
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Why can't I use Sequence to perform a Select like task?

Suppose I wanted to write down a list of $p^2$, for $p$ a prime between $1$ and $20$. I would expect Table[If[PrimeQ[k], k^2, Sequence[]], {k, 1, 20}] to work. ...
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Retrieving duplicates from nested list

Consider the following: data={{1,a},{10,a},{5,b},{4,c}}; In my case duplicates are defined when for {x1,y1} and ...
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Why don't * and ^ work as I expected on matrices?

For example, this input... {{1, 2}, {3, 4}}*{{1, 2}, {3, 4}} produces this output... {{1, 4}, {9, 16}} and this input... ...
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How to join held Lists?

Let's say I have a = Hold@{2+2} b = Hold@{4+4} How can I get Hold@{2+2,4+4} ie join the two held lists ? More ...
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Programatically adding/retaining comments within a nested list

Is it possible to convert the following list of strings to computable numbers with the comments preserved? ...
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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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How to combine elements of two matrices?

Given two matrices m1 and m2, e.g.: m1 = {{a1, b1}, {c1, d1}} m2 = {{a2, b2}, {c2, d2}} How can one obtain the following? ...
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Leveling peaks in list

Consider the following: data={2,2,2,5,3,3,3,6,1,1,1,0}; In[1]:=result=MyFunction@data Out[1]:={2,2,3.5,3.5,3,3,4.5,4.5,1,1,1,0} ...
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Why is there a huge performance gap using Map with more than 100 List entries

im using Map on a List like this: cube= {{1, 1, 1}, {1, 1, 2}, {1, 1, 3}, {1, 1, 4}, ... , {5, 5, 4}, {5, 5, 5}} Mapping the whole List with 125 entries takes ...
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Apply color function to matrix plot

I want to apply the following color rules to a large table of numbers. I have extracted a part of the table to use as an example. I would like to assign 5 different colors to 5 different ranges of ...
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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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Using Partition to allow sublists of different lengths

As a minimal example, suppose I have a list of the integers from 1 to 25. Suppose I want to use Partition to partition the list into sublists of length 10 but ...
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Gather dependency on list order?

I get intrigued about Gather behavior on this post. I thought that Gather was invariant under list order? Here is the result I ...
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RowReduce: Solving for the resource vector (a, b, c) in Augmented Matrix

Here are two examples: RowReduce[{{3, 1, a}, {2, 1, b}}] evaluates to {{1, 0, a - b}, {0, 1, -2 a + 3 b}} but ...
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ListPlot multiple datasets over same x-values

Is there a better way to enter my data into a list plot? ...
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How to blend some colors on a curve

I need to define a color gradient on a 3D curve, but I'm having some problems with this. Suppose we have a 3D curve defined as a parametric function of some real variable ...
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Syntax for integrating over limits specified by a Table

I wish to use NIntegrate to compute multidimensional integrals. However, I don't want to manually input the limits for the dimensions. I want to store the ...
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Specifying parts from lists for plotting using Show

I have the following data: ...
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Table - find index of the maximum element [duplicate]

Let's suppose that I have table t = {1.23, 3.4, 10, 34, 1.78, 0.98, 12.56}. To take the biggest element I can use Max[t] ...
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Conditional Gathering of lists

Just need a little help with the GatherBy / SplitBy function(s). I have a list of random numbers here: ...