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Questions on the manipulation of matrices in Mathematica.

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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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Why does MatrixForm affect calculations?

This is a really newbie question, but it has me confused. Why does this code work without // MatrixForm and doesn't work with ...
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Flatten command: matrix as second argument

One thing I could never wrap my head around is how Flatten works when provided with a matrix as the second argument, and the Mathematica help isn't particularly ...
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Fastest way to calculate matrix of pairwise distances

It is a very common problem that given a distance function $d(p_1,p_2)$ and a set of points pts, we need to construct a matrix ...
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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 get eigenvectors without phase jump?

I'm using Eigenvectors to get the eigenvectors for some matrixes, but the eigenvectors seems to have some phase jump. Here is an example: Say we have a 2 by 2 ...
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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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Creating a table/Matrix during a For loop

I have a For loop (with i as a counter), which calculates different values (y1, ...
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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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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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Mathematica won't give eigenvectors but Wolfram Alpha will? What am I doing wrong?

If I ask Mathematica to find the eigenvectors and eigenvalues of the matrix: ...
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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 convention)....
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How to enter matrices in block matrix format?

Example: I have a matrix $R = \left( \begin{array}{cc} A & \mathbf{t} \\ 0 & 1 \end{array} \right)$ where $A$ is 3-by-3 and $\mathbf{t}$ is 3 by 1. Or in Mathematica ...
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How to form a block-diagonal Matrix from a list of matrices?

For example, like this: I know join[...] works, but it is a bit troublesome for multiple matrices. I also tried DiagonalMatrix[...], but DiagonalMatrix can only form a matrix from a list of ...
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Solving a time-dependent Schrödinger equation

I want to solve the time-dependent SchrÃ¶dinger equation: $$i\partial_t \psi(t) = H(t)\psi(t)$$ for matrix, time-dependent $H(t)$ and vector $\psi$. What is an efficient way of doing this so that ...
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How to symbolically do matrix “Block Inversion”?

Consider a block (partitioned) matrix matrix = ArrayFlatten[{{a, b}, {c, d}}] where, a, b,...
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Matrix Multiplication in context of row and column vectors

I've been looking at some matrices in Mathematica and I've noticed something very weird: They're extremely temperamental when it comes to dot products! For example, if I have the following, ...
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Prepend 0 to sublists

My question is similar to this one, but my goal is to prepend a single 0 the each sublist, not incrementally many 0's. The file I'm working is a CSV containing around 50K sublists of length 35. I've ...
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Cycles of length N in a graph

If I have an undirected graph represented with an adjacency matrix, how can I find all the subgraphs which are a cycle of length N? I don't really know the math nor the programming language well, so ...
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Quick Hessian matrix and gradient calculation?

I am absolutely new to Mathematica and I actually want to try implementing a little optimization method . Long story short assuming I have a predefined two-variable function f(x,y) I want to ...
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Drop selection of columns from a ragged array

I have an application where I need to drop some arbitrary list of columns from a ragged array (where of course the shortest array rows have at least all the specified columns). E.g., given a ragged ...
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Correct way to remove matrix columns?

I start off with m = 1000 x 5 matrix, and I would like to remove first column to get 1000 x 4 matrix and repeat again for ...
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Tiling a square

I wondered if there was a way to automate the process of finding a way to tile a tile into a square. The idea is to represent the tile with a matrix of $0$s for blank space and $1$s for filled spaces ...
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Graph from binary matrix (not adjacency) respecting the original matrix positions

I have a binary matrix. My objective is to connect every close (without "jump") elements with value equal to 1, but I must keep the point positions, just like it's shown at the image. Can somebody ...
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How do I create a triangulated surface from points?

I have a set of points in a nx3 matrix and I would like to convert them into a surface, so that I may calculate its surface area. The function ListSurfacePlot3D creates the surface how I want it. ...
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Why is calling Dot with many arguments so inefficient?

Say I want to multiply a reasonably large list of symbolic matrices. ...
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How to get Matlab data imported with the same dimensions?

I have some Matlab image data with the following dimensions (output is from Matlab): >> size(im) ans = 86 86 3 45 The data imports just fine ...
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How to use a 3×3 covariance matrix to plot an error ellipsoid?

I have a 3Ã—3 error covariance in Mathematica, but I don't know how to use it for plotting the error ellipsoid. It would be great if you can show me how I can do that for the below covariance matrix: <...
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Classification of a linear system of equations with a parameter

I need to get every possible value of k that returns infinite number of solutions or no solution to this system: ...
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Best way to create symmetric matrices

From time to time I need to generate symmetric matrices with relatively expensive cost of element evaluation. Most frequently these are Gram matrices where elements are $L_2$ dot products. Here are ...
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Obtain approximate Hessian using FindMinimum

According to the documentation, when FindMinimum is told to use the method "QuasiNewton" on a unconstrained problem, it uses the ...
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What is the fastest way to locate an image inside a larger image?

let b = let c = How to do: find[c,b] that returns the bounding box of c in b? ...
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Generating an Ulam spiral

An Ulam Spiral is quite an interesting construction, revealing unexpected features in the distribution of primes. Here is a related topic with one answer by Pinguin Dirk, who has provided one ...
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Constructing a symbolic Hermitian matrix

I need to construct a symbolic Hermitian matrix like m = { { n, a, b, b}, {Conjugate[a], n, b, b}, ... } but I am not able to set ...
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How to find the distance of two lists?

I have two lists as the followings: ab = {1, -1, -1, -1, 1, 1}; ac = {1, -1, -1, 1, 1, 1}; How I can find the difference (more precisely, the edit distance) ...
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Given a large binary matrix, find the largest submatrix containing non-zero elements

I'm looking for a way to reduce a binary matrix containing zeros at some positions into a matrix that contains no zeros by deleting rows and columns of the original matrix until only non-zero values ...
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Nesting Parallel processes

I just attempted to run code that had nested ParallelMap[] functions. It generates the error message: ParallelMap::subpar: Parallel computations cannot be nested; proceeding with sequential ...
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Entering block matrices for an arbitrary matrix size

Background: How to enter matrices in block matrix format? and the following: I want to create $$f(A,t) = \left [ \begin{matrix} A & t \\ 0 & 1 \end{matrix} \right ]$$ where $A$ ...
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Matrix multiplication in Block Form symbolic calculation by Mathematica

I have a problem which requires taking product of two $10\times10$ matrices. I would like to do it by considering both matrices as $5\times5$ matrices such that each entry of both matrices is actually ...