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

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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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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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How to find all the positions of max value of a list efficiently?

For Example, list=RandomInteger[{1,100},2000]. Yes,I know Position[list,Max[list]] can do. But it's based on pattern ...
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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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extract values from replacement list

Solve returns a list of replacement rules In: Solve[x + y == 3 && x - y == 6, {x, y}] Out: {{x -> 9/2, y -> -(3/2)}} I am only interested in the ...
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Most Efficient Way to Calculate the Product of All Items in a List?

Say that I have a list of returns on a financial asset over time and want to know the total compounded return. To get the answer, I need to add 1 to each return and then calculate the product of all ...
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Searching linked lists that contain lists?

Following the advice I've read here and other sites, I've been trying to use the Mathematica equivalent of a linked lists... ...
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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 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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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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How to subtract one list from another, treating each elements as distinct, assuming the smaller list is a subset of the larger list? [duplicate]

Suppose that I have two lists of different sizes, the smaller of which is a subset of the larger, e.g. a = {"A", "A", "A", "B", "B", "C"} b = {"A", "B"} How can ...
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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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Finding time-series direction reversal of certain magnitude

I'd like to find the points of a time-series that are a certain distance away (in value, not in time) from the previous maximum, which I consider a reversal. For example, for ...
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Using 0 to create new columns in a list with Part

I just discovered a nice way to create intermediary columns in a list, and I would like to know if I can have some problem with it. It Works like this: Imagine I have this list, 5x3: ...
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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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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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Looking for an elegant way to construct this tensor-product-ish list

I would like to make the following matrix: ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Building a tree

Given a list of word characters, such as this one, I'd like to build a tree, similar to this makeTree function, but with the tree in a different format. So, for an input such as ...
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Best way to modify values in a list of rules?

Recently I had to solve a problem similar to this: Let's say I have a list of list of rules ...
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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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Rearranging a List

I am trying to rearrange/sort a list i.e. {{1,2},{10,140},{43,10},{1,140},{43,2}} into ...
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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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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 ...
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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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Max element of a list with a custom ordering function

I need a function to find max element of a list according to some custom ordering function, assuming that the function implements a total order (elements being compared might not even be numbers). ...
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Can I return lists with different dimensions from a compiled function?

Sometimes I'll need several lists with different dimensions to be returned by a compiled function, but compiled function will fail if an irregular list contained: ...
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Efficient way to solve equal sums $x_1^k+x_2^k+\dots+x_5^k=y_1^k+y_2^k+\dots+y_5^k$ with Mathematica?

I need to solve the system of equations, call it $S_1$, in the integers $$x_1x_2x_3x_4x_5 = y_1y_2y_3y_4y_5$$ $$x_1^k+x_2^k+\dots+x_5^k=y_1^k+y_2^k+\dots+y_5^k,\;\; k= 2,4,6$$ I used a very ...
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Strategies to find curves on messy data using FindCurvePath

I have a set of data points that correspond to roots of a transcendental equation with respect to a parameter (the abscissa) which, by the properties of the system, define continuous curves (might be ...
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Adding elements to a collection of lists

I would like to add element a at the start of a series of lists. For example I have a collection of lists called ...
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Position of First nonzero number

I want to know is there any one line code to find position of first nonzero number without calculating position of all non zero numbers. For example, ...
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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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Flatten nested lists

I have a list as follows lis= {a, {{{b}, {c,d,e}}, {{f}, {g,h,i}}}} which I would like to flatten to ...
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How can I multiply matrix and vector element wise like Numpy?

I have an $M \times K$ matrix $C$ and a length $K$ vector $v$. I want to form the $M \times K$ matrix $S$ where $s_{ij} = C_{ij}/v_j$. To do this in numpy I simply divide the two objects like this ...
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Find positions of items in a list based on neighbours

How can I select items from a list where the selection criterion depends on the neighbouring items? For example select all indices where a change has occurred with respect to the previous element in ...
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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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How to sum up subelements of a list of unknown length

I'm simply looking for the {}+{} function for sublist elements of a list: (Parallel sums of elements) ...