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

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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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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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How to create a list of pairs from 1d list(s)?

Say I've got two 1-dimensional lists A = {1,2,3} B = {a,b,c} How do I create a list of all pairs from list A such that the ...
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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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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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How to subtract one list from another, treating each elements as distinct?

Suppose that I have a = {"A", "A", "A", "B", "B", "C"} b = {"A", "B"} How can I subtract b from ...
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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: ...
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Specifying string patterns in DeleteCases

It seems that DeleteCases is not compatible with string patterns, at least directly (see, for example, this question). Is this true? If so, why is this the case? ...
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Fast method to select matrix elements based on a vector of positions

There is an operation for which I have long wanted to find a better solution. Let: a be a matrix of dimensions $m\times n$ ...
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Removing empty sets from lists

If I had a list, say, names= {"Andy", "Bob", "Carly", "Sandy", "Jeff", "Tim", "Tom", "Zach"} and I decide to pick a characteristic only a certain of them have, ...
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Preserve information in flattening a nested list

I have a series of lists in the form below: list={ {1,1} , {2,2}, {3,{3,1},{3,2},{31,{31,1},{32,2}}} } Its a nested list which the dimension is changing case to ...
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How can I use the overhang argument to Partition to avoid using PadLeft and PadRight here?

Say I have a list of values v = {v1, v2, v3, ... }. I need to partition these values to perform operations with a sliding window (think ...
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Handling vector comparisons in “Piecewise” function

Is it possible for the Piecewise function to process a vector comparison? For example, my input vector is x={0,1,2,3,4} I would like to define a function that ...