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

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Most efficient way of making pair list from a list

I have a bunch of datasets which looks like: 3 7 1 6 5 8 2 4 1 2 8 1 5 2 5 ... and I need to make a list of pairs such that the first element makes a pair with ...
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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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Repeating Digits

I have written ...
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Fast way to get positions of “boxed” array elements?

Given a 2D array (arbitrary numeric / evaluates to numeric elements, simplified for examples, and can be arbitrary dimensions so long as the operation makes sense, I'm working with 2K X 2K in my ...
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What is the best way to flatten a linked list with lists as values?

By following the advice on this site I have ended up with a linked list like the following: acc = {{1, 2}, {{2, 3}, {{3, 4}, {{4, 5}, {{5, 6}, {}}}}}}; This was ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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Fill out blanks with a upcoming number in a list?

I have a bunch of arrays looking like this: {"", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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How do I prune a list of pairs of numbers so that each number occurs on only one pair?

How do I select only the first pair of numbers in which a number occurs from a list of pairs of numbers? For example, I have ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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How to merge Datasets representing matrices with named rows/columns?

I am working with square (non-symmetric) matrices with named rows and columns. The data I receive is sometimes messy and rows/columns may come in various permutations. I usually need to ...
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Learning Resources for Data Science in the Wolfram Language

I'm delivering an upcoming course on Data Science with the programming/analysis done predominantly in the Wolfram Language. I created the following table to leverage students' familiarity with Lists ...
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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 select all elements above the main diagonal of matrix?

How to select all elements above the main diagonal of matrix? I need to create a list of them.
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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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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 ...