# Tagged Questions

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

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### Elegant operations on matrix rows and columns

Question The Mathematica tutorial has a section 'Basic Matrix Operations', describing operations like transpose, inverse and determinant. These operations all work on entire matrices. I am missing a ...
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### Partitioning with varying partition size

How can I partition a list into partitions whose sizes vary? The length of the $k$'th partition is a function $f(k)$. For example: if $l = \{1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6\}$ and $f(k) = k$. Then the partitioning ...
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### Using pure functions in Table

I need a table with the elements made of pure functions and list elements. This is a simplified example: I need a list as: ...
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### Combining values in one column (or part) when values in another column (or part) match

Consider the following: ...
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### Mathematica Destructuring

Context I'm writing a function that look something like: ...
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### How to efficiently find positions of duplicates?

Is there an efficient way to find the positions of the duplicates in a list? I would like the positions grouped according to duplicated elements. For instance, given ...
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### What is the most efficient way to add rows and columns to a matrix?

Say I have a matrix m and a vector v. ...
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### How can I make threading more flexible?

Threading automatically with Listable functions requires the argument expressions to have the same length (or for one of them to be atomic). For nested lists the ...
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### extract values from replacement list

Solve returns a list of replacement rules In: Solve[x + y == 3 && x - y == 6, {x, y}] Out: {{x -> 9/2, y -> -(3/2)}} I am only interested in the ...
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### Removing elements from a list which appear in another list

There are two lists {a, b, c, a, d, a, e} and {a, c, a}. I need to remove those elements from the first list which appears in a second list, to get {b, d, a, e}
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### How to make MapAt work with Span?

Span (;;) is very useful, but doesn't work with a lot of functions. Given the following input ...
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### Find continuous sequences inside a list

I have a list which is something like this: {3,4,5,6,7,10,11,12,15,16,17,19,20,21,22,23,24,42,43,44,45,46} What I'd like to to is get the intervals which are in ...
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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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### Partition a set into subsets of size $k$

Given a set $\{a_1,a_2,\dots,a_{lk}\}$ and a positive integer $l$, how can I find all the partitions which includes subsets of size $l$ in Mathematica? For instance, given ...
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### How to Map a subset of list elements to a function?

How would you, given a list {1, 2, 3, 4}, apply a function f to 1 and ...
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### Levels: how do they work?

I cannot understand how Mathematica manages levels, and so it's always a painful try-and-fail to use Flatten. Can someone please give me a very clear definition? ...
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### Delete duplicate elements from a list

If a list contains duplicate elements, for example list = {a, 1, 5, 3, 5, x^2, x^2}, how can the duplicate elements be removed? The result would be ...
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### Does Mathematica have advanced indexing?

I have two $M \times K$ arrays $L, T$ where I would like to set all the elements in $L$ to zero whenever the corresponding element of $T$ is greater than 15. The ...
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### Map a function across a list conditionally

It seems that this is a really basic question, and I feel that the answer should be obvious to me. However, I am not seeing. Can you please help me? Thanks. Suppose I have a list of data ...
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### How to select minimal subsets?

I am a newbie, so please point me in the right direction if you feel this question has been answered somewhere else before. Here goes: Suppose I have a list like this: ...
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### Transpose uneven lists

Is there a quick method to transpose uneven lists without conditionals? With: Drop[Table[q, {10}], #] & /@ Range[10] Thus the first list would have the ...
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### Optimising 2D binning code

I have a set of (x,y,z) data, 45,000 to be precise and I want to bin the z values in 256 equidistant bins based on their (x,y) values. The final array should be a set of 256x256 array with each slot ...
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### How to remove redundant {} from a nested list of lists?

There are numerous examples here, whose end result is the removal of empty brackets {} and empty lists. I still can't find an example of simply removing redundant ...
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### Applying And to lists of Booleans

I'd like to take {True,True,False} and {True,False,False} and apply And to get ...
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### How do you check if there are any equal arguments(even sublist) in a list?

I would like to set up a function which has to return True if at least two arguments of a given List are equal. So if I give {1,4,6,2} to the function it has to ...
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### Position function not always returning an answer even with no apparent problems

I'm having some problems with Position. Sometimes it will give an empty list instead of the actual position of the element I am looking for when that element is ...
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### Contracting with Levi-Civita (totally antisymmetric) tensor

I have an array $v_{ijk}$ which is effectively a rank-$3$ tensor with dimensions $3\times3\times3$, and I need to contract it with $e^{ijk}$, i.e. evaluate $v_{ijk} e^{ijk}$ (see Einstein ...
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### K-means clustering

In MATLAB, there is a command kmeans() that divides an array into $k$ clusters and calculates the centroid of each cluster. Is there any command in Mathematica to ...
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### Sort lists according to the order of another

I have three parallel lists (i.e. the elements in position i of each list are related). I want to sort the first list using the function Sort and make the same changes to the other lists so that I ...
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### How do I obtain an intersection of two or more list of lists conditioned on the first element of each sub-list?

Given two lists like list1 = {{1, 1}, {2, 4}, {3, 9}, {4, 16}}; list2 = {{2, 6}, {3, 9}, {4, 12}, {5, 15}}; I would like to produce an output like ...
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### How to visualize/edit a big matrix as a table?

Is it possible to visualize/edit a big matrix as a table ? I often end up exporting/copying big tables to Excel for seeing them, but I would prefer to stay in Mathematica and have a similar view as in ...
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### Data Table Manipulation in Mathematica

I am a statistician searching for an efficient way to select rows or columns from a table of data in Mathematica. Let me pose the question in 2 parts with a SQL-style table of data: ...
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### Data interpolation and ListContourPlot

I am fairly new to Mathematica and I have two quick questions on using it for a Hydrology and Hydrogeology class. One is about data interpolation and interpolating without any data defined in an area. ...
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### Insert $+$, $-$, $\times$, $/$, $($, $)$ into $123456789$ to make it equal to $100$

Looks like a question for pupils, right? In fact if the available math symbol is limited to $+$, $-$, $\times$, $/$ then it's easy to solve: ...
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### Finding all elements within a certain range in a sorted list

Suppose we have a sorted list of values. Let's use list = Sort@RandomReal[1, 1000000]; for this example. I need a fast function ...
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### DeleteDuplicatesBy is not performing as I'd hoped. Am I missing something?

Déjà vu: a new-in-v10 function should provide a better solution to an old problem, but my enthusiasm is curbed when I run timings. This time the function is ...
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### How to use “Drop” function to drop matrix' rows and columns in an arbitrary way?

The built-in function "Drop" can delete a Matrix's row and column. Typical syntax for "Drop" is as follows: Drop[list,seq1,seq2...] But what if I want to drop a ...
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### Finding a subsequence in a list

I have a list and I want to find (in this particular case the first) appearance of a any of some subsequences, of possible different lengths. None of the subsequences is a subsequence of each other. ...
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### Interlacing a single number into a long list

This seems like it should be a simple question, but I am running into some difficulty in doing this with Mathematica. Right now, I have a list like this: ...
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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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### Find zero crossing in a list

I'm looking for a function that finds the index of the zero-crossing points of a list. Before I go making my own subroutine to do this, I was wondering if anyone knows of any built-in Mathematica ...
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### How to Delete Elements from List1 appearing in List2?

I'm new to functional programming of Mathematica and trying to remove one list of assorted elements from another. However I only find functions working with the Index rather than the values itself: ...
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### How do I use Map for a function with two arguments?

I'm a newbie who tries to be a good boy, and use Map instead of writing out a list of functions. I have a table I want to Map ...
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### A function that accepts a pair or a list of pairs

Probably a duplicate, but it's not easy to search on "lists". I have a function that accepts a list of lists, say {{a1, b1}, {a2, b2}, {a3, b3}} and performs some ...
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### How can I remove B -> A from a list if A -> B is in the list?

I have a list of transformations like this: list = {"A" -> "B", "B" -> "A", "C" -> "D"} As this is used to plot an undirected graph with ...
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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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### Prevent Part[] from trying to extract parts of symbolic expressions

If you have a list, e.g. {1, 2, 3} then you can extract the $k$th part using Part (...
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### Combining the second elements of a set of ordered pairs based on their first element [duplicate]

I have a large set of ordered pairs and I am trying to add the second elements together for any group of pairs that has the same first element. For example my data looks like: ...