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

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Finding first instance of a relationship between elements in two lists

Suppose I have two lists, say: A = {1,5,10,200,50,7} B = {4,3,19,78} For each element in A, I would like to find the index of the first element in B which ...
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How to find synchronization offset?

I have 2 sets of data containing delays (audio / video). ...
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Passing large list by reference

I have the following problem: I would like to control evaluation of a variable that points to a list. For example, frequently in the code I have functions of the form that are supposed to work on ...
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How to represent a list as a cycle

I want to select distinct cycles (represented by List). The cycle {a, b, c, d} must be the same as {b, c, d, a} or ...
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The longest run of at most k different elements in a list

I have a long list with ca. 500K elements. The list contains about 10K different elements. For simplicity let’s assume the list is of the following form: ...
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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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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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Combining nested lists that meet certain criteria for a permutation

I have the following list representing a permutation on 26 characters: ...
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Map efficiently over duplicates in list

I am interested in mapping a function, f over a (long) list which contains duplicates. Since this function takes a while to evaluate I would like to make use of ...
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Truncating a list once all members of a set have appeared?

Consider if you would the case where we have some list of elements: list0 = {54, 4, 7, 9, 3, 54, 4, 20, 2, 456, 2, 3}; And we have some target list: ...
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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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Speed up 4D matrix/array generation

I have to fill a 4D array, whose entries are $\mathrm{sinc}\left[j(a-b)^2+j(c-d)^2-\phi\right]$ for a fixed value of $\phi$ (normally -15) and a fixed value of $j$ (normally about 0.00005). The way ...
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How to partition a list and leave in the last sublist which is of different length? [duplicate]

How to partition a list and leave in the last sublist which is of different length? In[75]:= Partition[{1,2,3,4,5},2] Out[75]= {{1,2},{3,4}} I want it to be ...
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Creating a number based on given conditions

In the grade 7 math curriculum here in Alberta we teach divisibility. I'm trying to write a program to create questions based on the idea of a student being given say, 4 digits, and then choosing ...
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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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Flatten at a certain level

In an earlier question the brainteasing fourth syntax variant of Flatten was discussed. I see that with ...
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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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Replace interior of matrix with zeros

I have f.e. the following square matrix: ...
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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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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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Manipulating a sublist based on position

I have a huge list with huge sublists of the form list={{a,b,c,d},{e,f,g,h},{i,j,k,l}} I am looking for a way to manipulate these sublists based on the positions ...
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Populate an upper triangular matrix from a vector of elements

What is the best way to populate an upper triangular (or alternatively: lower triangular or symmetric) matrix from a vector of elements? This example input: ...
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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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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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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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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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Partitioning a list by recursion (Programming Paradigms via Mathematica (A First Course))

I am working through the course Programming Paradigms via Mathematica. One of the homework exercises for the section Recursion I: Passing the Buck is as follows: Use recursion to partition a ...
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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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Sum over binary digits of integer

This might seem like a simple enough question but Mathematica seems to simplify inadequately here: How would you sum over the digits of an arbitrary binary number? I already tried this: ...
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How to subtract one list from another, treating each elements as distinct? [duplicate]

Suppose that I have a = {"A", "A", "A", "B", "B", "C"} b = {"A", "B"} How can I subtract b from ...
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Generate PrimePower counting function

Is there a way to generate a counting function for prime powers - i.e. to create a similar function to PrimePi, but including prime powers. The following will, of ...
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Custom Matrix product

I have a list: list1 = {{{a1, a2, a3}, {b1, b2, b3}}, {{c1, c2, c3}, {d1, d2, d3}}}; I want an operation that gives me: Is there a built-in way of doing ...
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Input a square matrix and return a list of the matrix entries read by antidiagonals

I have a square matrix: {{1,2,3},{4,5,6},{7,8,9}} and I want to get a list: {1,2,4,3,5,7}
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How to randomly select subsets

I have a list of around 300 elements. I want to sample subsets of length 25 such that my samples are all distinct. My first inclination was to use something like ...
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How can I get a running sum for a list?

I've got following data I'm reading from a file: ...
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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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Complement of multisets

Given lists $a$ and $b$, which represent multisets, how can I compute the complement $a\setminus b$? I'd like to construct a function xunion that returns the ...
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Gather list elements by index

The following list has some elements that are labeled. For example {1, 2} -> 1, {-1, 3} -> 3, etc: ...
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Wrapping a function in count

I am working through the Programming Paradigms via Mathematica (A First Course) and am attempting to answer the following: Use recursion to count how many times the argument can have its square ...
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how to efficiently apply function to all pairs of a set (and collect the results)

To build a graph, I need to apply a function f[a_, b_] to all pairs of a list (3500 elements). The function itself returns a link ...
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Select and Blank

I try to filter sublists of a list which match a pattern. test = {{"String1", "a"}, {"String2", "b"}, {"String3", "a"}, {"String4", "a"}}; The result should ...
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Check in a series if there exists adjacent values with less than a certain number of missing values

I'm working with a large number of series of different experiments, where there exist a lot of experiments where there are no entries. I now want to draw a sample where there should exist at least ...
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Adding list of list to a list

Hello I need some help on how to add a list to a list of list. The program would have to do as below: {{0,0}, {0}, {0,0,0}}+{1,2,3,4,5,6} will give ...
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How to remove a line of a matrix if not all elements are numeric?

I have a matrix a n columns and m lines. I'd like to efficiently remove the lines that are not entirely composed of numeric ...
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How to do DateDifference on table items containing dates

I have a Table with data in form {{date}, value}: ...
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Refer to next element of list when iterating using Map [duplicate]

Is it possible to refer to the next element of the list when I'm using Map or should I always use For in this case? For example ...
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Mark selected sub-lists in the list they were selected from

I've got this simple problem with two lists. I select some items from a list, but I want to visualize the difference between the previous list and the list that I create with ...
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How can I find these patterns' signatures?

I think I can explain it best starting with an example. I have the following lists: ...