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

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Intersection for lists of numeric data

I know that Intersection is a pattern matching function and will not evaluate list elements to determine if two or more list have equal elements. So my question is, ...
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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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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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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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Why can AppendTo modify a referenced list in-place but Part cannot?

Part, AppendTo, PrependTo, AddTo, etc. allow in-place modification of a list, but only Part requires that the list be referenced through a simple symbol, e.g. the following all does what you'ld ...
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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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Rapidly binning 3D data

I have a set of data (about 20 million datapoints for my real data) of the form {x, y, z, m}. There are 3 spatial coordinates x, ...
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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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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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Complement on pre-sorted lists

Is there any way to instruct Complement to skip the sorting part? If the answer is no (likely), the next question would be: how can I remove from a sorted list ...
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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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Checking if one partition is a subpartition of another

Say I've got two partitions of a list (not necessarily containing numbers, and not necessarily distinct), and I want to check that one is a subpartition of the other. Let's look at some examples: ...
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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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Using Compile to speed up Function with PermutationProduct

I have the following fairly simple routine dot involving PermutationProduct that I wish to speed up using ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Computing the equivalence classes of the symmetric transitive closure of a relation

I have a list of pairs, for example: ...
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How to generate Intervals from a given list?

If I have a list list={3,7,4,5,1} how to get the List of Intervals /Ranges result = {{1,3},{3,4},{4,5},{5,7}}
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How make f[{x,y}] evaluate as f[x,y]? [duplicate]

I frequently encounter the situation where I have a function of two real variables defined, e.g.: f[x_, y_] := 9 - x^2 - y^2 But then I need to feed into ...
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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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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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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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Numbering nested list according with Depth (or Level)

(This question is slightly similar with Sequentially numbering a nested list, but not exactly the same.) What I want Say I have a nested list ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to do DateDifference on table items containing dates

I have a Table with data in form {{date}, value}: ...
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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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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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Summing along rows or columns of a matrix

I have a list of rows in database such as {{a,b,c}, {d,e,f},{g,h,i}} I want to be able to add each row across and each column down (like a spreadsheet). In other ...