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

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Concatenation of lists in a Fibonacci-like pattern

I am trying to create a List of elements that follow the general pattern: $$X_{n+1} = X_n X_{n-1}$$ where the operation on the right hand side is concatenation, i.e., joining. I want to achieve the ...
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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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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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Best way to create symmetric matrices

From time to time I need to generate symmetric matrices with relatively expensive cost of element evaluation. Most frequently these are Gram matrices where elements are $L_2$ dot products. Here are ...
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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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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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List comprehension in Mathematica

Python supports a concept called "list comprehensions". Following is sample example ...
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Threading over a list of lists of lists and a list of atomic expressions

Although I solved the following problem using MapThread, I'm curious about why Thread does not work as I expect it to here. ...
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Sorting a list with secondary criterion

Is there an easy way to sort a list on multiple levels of criteria? By this I mean, first the list should be sorted according by criteria A (the same as using the usual sort function, ...
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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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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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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 can I remove the singleton dimensions of an array? [duplicate]

If I have an array A, for which Dimensions[A] is {9, 9, 1, 1, 3, 4}, how can I convert ...
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How to find longest monotonic sequence?

I have a list, for example list = {2, 1, 3, 5, 4, 6} How to find longest ascending sequence of this list? There are two meanings of this question: Find the ...
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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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Bug with SparseArray selector in Pick

I have created a notebook with two cells. This is the content of the first: ...
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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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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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Solving the magic backyard puzzle with MMA

I was trying to solve this puzzle using mma It looks like the generalization of the magic square. Anyway here my attempt:- There are four columns $(x,y,z,w)$ and nine rowa which are denoted by the ...
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Multiplying two dimensional data by a constant

I have a list of lists of the form: {{1, 2}, {2, 4}, {2, 8}} But I want to multiply only the second dimension of that data by a constant. I know I could do this ...
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How to Map a subset of list elements to a function?

How would you, given a list {1, 2, 3, 4}, apply a function f to 1 and ...
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How to find range in which a number falls, from given list of numbers?

How can one find the range in which a number falls, from given list of numbers? ...
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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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What is the cleanest way to prevent divide-by-zero warnings?

If I evaluate {1, 2, 3, 4}/{5, 6, 0, 8}, obviously I get one warning: ...
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Building a continued fraction

I've completed a problem that involves approximating $e$ by a continued fraction: $$\frac{N_1}{D_1+\frac{N_2}{D_2+\frac{N_3}{\ddots+\frac{N_k}{D_k}}}}$$ with the $N_i$ being the list ...
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How do you efficiently return all of a List but one element?

I have a problem that I am working on that requires that I compare several lists of overlapping data points. As I traverse one of the lists, I'd like to only compare those data to the other lists, and ...
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Finding neighbors from list

Say you are given the following list: list={{3, 2, 1}, {3, 4, 2}, {2, 4, 1}, {1, 4, 3}}; Two numbers $x,y$, not necessarily distinct, are neighbors if one of the ...
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How can I Flatten this List with Inner List of Lists?

Given the following List ...
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DateList coupled with String Operations

Through some webscraping, I have the following list: ...
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How to find first list element that differs from average of N previous elements by more than a given amount?

Given a list of real numbers, I need to write a function that returns the value of the first element in the list that differs from the mean of the previous $N$ elements by greater than $P$ standard ...
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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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Count consecutive positions with the same value

I want to program a function that counts the successive positions with the same value: In[]= ConsecutiveValues[{1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 1, 0}] Out[]= {4, 2, 1, 1} In ...
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How would you efficiently implement BinListsBy?

Let's say I have a list like this: data = {{21, "Alice"}, {27, "Bob"}, {22, "Charles"}, {34, "Dora"}, {75, "Eliza"}} containing ages and names of persons. What I ...
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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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Looking for an elegant way to construct this tensor-product-ish list

I would like to make the following matrix: ...
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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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Pick with nested list

I have a list of pairs of values. Some of those pairs are invalid based on another list. I would like to select only the valid pairs. ...
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ListPlot under conditions

I have a data file containing several columns and thousands lines of data. Below I present a small portion of it, in order to express my issue: ...
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Forming an upper triangular matrix from the elements of a list

I asked this question before, but i was closed because it the question was not comprehensible enough. So i reworded it, hope that's ok. I have a list with 6 elements. ...
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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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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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Conditional Gathering of lists

Just need a little help with the GatherBy / SplitBy function(s). I have a list of random numbers here: ...
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Efficiently Visualising Very Large Data Sets (without running out of memory)

I have put a few really hard problems in combinatorics up against Mathematica 8. I'd have to say that it works really well, until you want to view the data. If you look at my question Advanced ...
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Faster “stuttering” accumulate?

Given some list of arbitrary precision numbers, e.g. (actual lists are 1M+ elements long): test={0, 2, 2, 47839283, 2, 0, 0, 2, 0, 1, 2, 0} I need to accumulate ...
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Select cases from a list

I have a list in the form : {1,1,1,0,-1,-1,1,1,1,0,0,0,0,-1,-1} No I'm trying to select only those sequences which start with 1 have a zero (or many zeros) ...
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Zero-dimensional matrices

In a recent Mathematica project, $(n \times 0)$- and $(0 \times n)$-dimensional matrices have suddenly become a frustratingly common edge case for me. For instance, consider the following two ...
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Finding a subsequence in a list

I have a list and I want to find (in this particular case the first) appearance of a any of some subsequences, of possible different lengths. None of the subsequences is a subsequence of each other. ...
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Unexpected result from Flatten

Consider the following three evaluations involving Flatten: Flatten[f[f[f[x, y], 1, 2], f[x, y]], Infinity, f] f[x, y, 1, ...
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Generating Linear Extensions of a Partial Order

Given a set $S$ and a partial order $\prec$ over $S$, I'm looking for a way to "efficiently" generate a list of linear extensions of $\prec$. Suppose the partial order is given by a ...
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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 ...