Questions on optimizing Mathematica code for higher performance. This may mean faster execution, lower memory usage or both. Not to be confused with mathematical optimization.

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A bug in Commonest in version 10

Bug introduced in 10.0.0 and fixed in 10.0.2 m_goldberg demonstrated that in Mathematica 10 Commonest does not behave as the documentation indicates that it ...
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Order of evaluation when using Solve and Minimize

I have to solve numerically an integral, that ends up being more or less as follows: Solve[f[x]==a*Sum[Sin[x-i]*(f[i]-f[i-1]),{i,1,x}],f[x]] (not actual ...
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Use Compile to speed up evaluation

I have read, that using Compile command can speed up evaluations in mathematica. I have a mathematical expression, which I evaluate using following command: ...
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Best way to create symmetric matrices with block structure and additional symmetries of the submatrices

Update: you can now skip the "My attempted solution" part and jump to "My first attempt for improvement" in the end of the question. My question is related to Best way to create symmetric matrices . ...
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Performance of Extract-Transform operations

I'm doing simple data analysis. I load some date-time data from a file, it's a simple list: ...
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Can a Trie be implemented efficiently?

What is the most space and time efficient way to implement a Trie in Mathematica? Will it be practically faster than what is natively available in appropriate cases?
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Why is StringExpression faster than RegularExpression?

Edit: as noted by Albert Retey the performance difference is only seen when sub expression extraction is performed. If this test is used below the timings are similar: ...
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Suppress connection to Wolfram|Alpha when making unit conversions

I want to speed up calculations with unit conversions. I suspect primarily that some units evaluate from Wolfram|Alpha. Any way to prevent this automatically, so that Mathematica throws ...
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Mathematica taking too long to calculate recursive function

I have been trying to plot those specific recursively defined functions p1 and q1 in Mathematica: ...
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Comparing LetL and Module efficiency

I was recently introduced to the LetL macro thanks to Leonid's answer to one of my prior questions. I was, needless to say, impressed by the simplicity of its ...
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Apply functions to functions yields slow execution speed

I'm trying to write a function that parametrizes a curve c(t) by its arc length. Technicly I'm finished but if I plot the result for an example curve like ...
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How can I use Mathematica's graph functions to cheat at Boggle?

Boggle is a word game played with 16 dice and a 4x4 tray. This question is inspired by a Stack Overflow question about Boggle that I decided to solve using Mathematica. In addition to Mathematica, I ...
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Issuing user-defined messages takes a long time (Message is slow)

Issuing messages takes a very long time in version 9 and version 10. Can others reproduce this? Is there a fix? Update: This is slow only when using the front end, but not when running the kernel ...
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Slowdown of Flat attributed function

I was trying to write an associative function f using the attribute Flat. ...
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What is the most efficient way to map a linked list?

In order to work with lists effectively using common recursive patterns from functional programming, it's often most convenient to worked with the "linked list" representation, that looks like this: ...
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Division by zero is slow

Suppose I have two arrays of data, which I want to divide: ...
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Hardware Performance Metrics for Mathematica

Dear Mathematica users I am looking into buying a new computer and Mathematica is one of the main applications I run. To help me assess the overwhelming welter of choice out there: I'd like to know ...
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How to get “Signature” of each element of “Permutation” output

I need to sum over all possible permutations, multiplied by the Signature of each permutation of a given list of symbols. But, I don't know how to determine the ...
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Speeding up the generation of all k-edge-coloring of a graph

A $k$-edge-coloring of a graph $G=(V,E)$ is a function from $E$ to $\{1,\ldots,k\}$, so in other words every edge of $G$ receives one of the $k$ colors available. (In particular, note that we are not ...
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Can I generate a “piecewise” list from a list in a fast and elegant way?

Suppose we have a number list a: n = 1000000; a = RandomReal[{0, 1}, {n}]; We want to generate a list ...
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Can you compute more terms in this sequence?

I am trying to identify a sequence related to the von Mangoldt function matrix. Since I believe/conjecture that the columns in the matrix have period lengths as in this sequence b: ...
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Paralleizing the Plot function internally

I have a function of several parameters, funct(a,b,c,d,f,...). Mathematica deals with this function fine but it takes a minute or so to make a data point. I want to plot graphs of funct using code ...
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Has this implementation of FDM touched the speed limit of Mathematica?

Still, I'll use the implementation of the 1D FDTD method (you can simply understand it as a kind of explicit finite difference scheme for the Maxwell's equation) as the example. Just for completeness, ...
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Bad performance of LengthWhile?

A friend of mine showed me this example, it's a test comparing LengthWhile to a self-made lengthwhile written in a direct and ...
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A more perfect Union[]

I was doing a Project Euler problem with my class, and found the following weird fact: Union[] of a list of some 50 million numbers (of which only around 15000 were ...
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Bad performance from SubsetQ?

Can I say this is a bad performance from the new V10 function SubsetQ? Here are some tests comparing it to ...
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My Baum-Welch algorithm is very slow. Is it due to Mathematica?

I've also posted this question here, since I'm not sure which community is more adequate for this type of question. I've programmed imperatively the Baum-Welch algorithm for a 2 state hidden Markov ...
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Finding Local Minima / Maxima in Noisy Data

I'm trying to find local minima / maxima in noisy data, consisting of data values taken at certain time intervals. Ideally, the function should take a pair of lists (one containing time values and one ...
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Speedup of KL Divergence by Monte Carlo Simulation

I started with Mathematica about just a week, so I don't know how to take all of this environment. What I want to know is if there is a way to speedup my code to compute the KL-Divergence of Gaussian ...
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Exporting extremely large images; arrays generated via TensorProduct use 5 times as much RAM as expected?

I am generating plots of the roots of certain classes of polynomials, in the spirit of the multicolored visuals on the Wiki page on algebraic numbers. I've thus far been able to make some extremely ...
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Improving selection of elements from large multidimensional array

Frequently in my profession I deal with large arrays of data. Typically these are mixed types including integers, strings, dates, and reals. To recreate a typical data array: ...
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Optimizing code containing an infinite sum

I have the following expression. It's based on the negative-log-likelihood of a Poisson-Gaussian noise model, i.e. a convolution of a Poisson & Normal distribution. The value $x_{i}$ is the ...
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Improve the performance of solutions to Project Euler (#14)

Problem I have following code, when n<=10^5 it's not slow, but n>2*10^5 it's became very slow. I think maybe some temp value greater than 2^31-1, so make compile invalid. Could you give any idea ...
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Calculate the covariance of a large matrix

I have to compute the covariance of 50 very large integer matrices (2500x2000 elements). However, according to my estimation this will take around 10 days. Do you have any ideas how to speed things ...
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Performance tuning in Mathematica?

What performance tuning tricks do you use to make a Mathematica application faster? MATLAB has an amazing profiler, but from what I can tell, Mathematica has no similar functionality.
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Better way to test that a matrix is upper-triangular?

Today, I got to thinking about how to test that a matrix was upper-triangular. So I had a try at it. Algorithm $\quad \quad a_{ij}=0 $ Or $i \leq j$ $\Rightarrow$ $True$ My solution is ...
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Optimizing a function containing a complex exponential

I've noticed the following significant different in performance for different formulations of the same function: ...
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Simpler code evaluating Dickman's function?

I've read here that Mathematica 10 can Obtain symbolic solutions to delay differential equations. Would that help in numericaly evaluating Dickman's function $\rho(u)$ ? It is a delay differential ...
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Issue with very large lists in Mathematica

I have a need to work with very large arrays of data in Mathematica. The length of the list is not known upfront. The typical size is a few hundred thousands elements and could easily go beyond a ...
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How to efficiently select elements from a Hash?

How can I write an efficient version of the following selection statement: Keys[Select[hash, # < constant &]]; // AbsoluteTiming hash can be made from: ...
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Fast principal component analysis

I'd like to speed up a principal value value analysis. The data contains a large set of vectors with a large dimension. Both are in the range of 1000. I want to obtain the loadings matrix for further ...
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Faster way to extract partial data from AdjacencyMatrix

I am dealing with a lot of Graph objects. One task is to obtain an Id for each of them. So I first used ...
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Using Compile Function Options efficiently

While this gives general pointers, I want inputs on ground rules for improved performance of nested/interdependent compiled functions. sample problem: a, ...
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Speed up adding Poisson noise to an image

I'm simulating some images corrupted with Poisson noise, but I'm encountering a few problems with performance. According to the documentation on ImageEffect, one ...