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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy Simulation

I am simulating Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy which basically involves tracking the random motion of particles in a box with periodic boundary conditions and then calculating their intensity ...
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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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Estimating the full width half maximum of a peak

I have a dataset of which I'm attempting to determine the full width at half maximum. A picture of the data is given below, and the dataset itself can be found here (pastebin). Now, this set has a ...
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Riffle and Partition

At some point I noticed that I was using Riffle and Partition together a lot. I would do things like ...
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Ranking Function Allowing for Ties

I have a list that I need to be able to assign ranks to individual elements in, giving it a number related to its position if the list were to be sorted, allowing for ties. For example, ...
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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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Lexicographic ordering of lists-of-lists?

I was surprised to discover that Mathematica does not sort lists-of-lists (LLs) lexicographically by default. For example, applying Sort to ...
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What is the fastest way to get the nth distinct permutation of a list?

What is the fastest way to write a function nthPermutation[xs_List, n_Integer] which is equivalent to Permutations[xs][[n]] but ...
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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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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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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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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) ...
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How to find rows that have maximum value?

Suppose if I have following list { {10,b,30}, {100,a,40}, {1000,b,10}, {1000,b,70}, {100,b,20}, {10,b,70} } How to find rows that have max value in ...
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Creating a simple function to compute the average of the difference between pairs of elements in an array

I have a list of the form: {{{1, 2}, {3, 4}}, {{5, 6}, {7, 8}}, {{9, 10}, {11, 12}}} How can I create a function which will take each set at the highest level of ...
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How can I remove matching sublists from my list?

I want to use DeleteCases (or any appropriate function) to remove elements of a list, which in turn are lists of fixed size. The rule I wish to apply is that any ...
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Take both of the diagonals through an element in a matrix

I have a matrix like this: Reverse@Array[List, {8, 8}] // MatrixForm I need a function that given an element of this matrix will return all the elements ...
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Splitting a list in which figures vary from negative to positive

Consider the following list: data={4078, 256, -1266, -388, 1290, 1368, 1446, 1524, 2}; I would like to split any kind of such list always, when figures turn form ...
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Repeating Digits

I have written ...
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Span a function across several consecutive elements in a list

Suppose that I have a list called list. I would like to span an arbitrary function f across specified consecutive elements in ...
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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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Count consecutive occurrences in a list above a certain value

I am trying to tally and sort the number of consecutive occurrences in a list above a certain value. For instance: ...
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Performing Computations on Sets

I would like to find a permutation of $\quad S=\{\frac{1}{10}, \frac{1}{2}, \frac{4}{7}, \frac{3}{5}, \frac{2}{3} \}\quad$ that maximizes the sum of theses elements raised to unique powers: ...
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Find list position and mapping list

Sorry, my English is not very good. I have two lists: ...
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Unexpected behavior from GatherBy in version 7

Bug introduced in 7.0 or earlier and fixed in 8.0.4 or earlier I have come across what appears to be a bug in GatherBy. It appears similar to the problem of ...
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Fast way of finding position of Interval containing an Integer

I have a large list (about 2.2 million) of pairs of integers. Each pair defines an Interval[{}]. Given some integer x, I need to ...
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Coalition Games

Suppose an election produces the following result: result = {{"a", 120}, {"b", 80}, {"c", 50}, {"d", 30}}; Letters are parties and numbers seats. To form a ...
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Is there a better way to add a “key” for the list of GatherBy?

In ruby , 1.upto(10).to_a.group_by{|x| x%3} gives {1=>[1, 4, 7, 10], 2=>[2, 5, 8], 0=>[3, 6, 9]} I would like use ...