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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Mathematica is getting slow when repeatedly calling an external program

I found a strange phenomenon that Mathematica is getting slow when I repeatedly called an external program by using ReadList. For example, the following code will display a significant increase of CPU ...
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Pros/Cons to updating in place

There are often times when I have to update a list. The following is an example: ...
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How can I understand this short example?

First launch kernels LaunchKernels[4] {KernelObject[5, "local"], KernelObject[6, "local"], KernelObject[7, "local"], KernelObject[8, "local"]} Then I calculate ...
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Slow-down encountered for RandomChoice in large lists

I was wondering if anyone could help me to speed up this code snippet which creates simple (sparse) networks by preferential attachment. The algorithm adds a vertex and an edge each time interval. ...
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HDF5 importing large arrays

I have some computations that output a 300,000,000 element array of long unsigned ints, so about 2.4GB, in an h5 file. Mathematica handles files south of 2GB fine, albeit taking very long to import ...
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Unexpected inefficiency when calculating matrix product by Dot

There is an unexpected inefficiency when I calculate matrix product by Dot. The only relevant part of my code is presented as follows: ...
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Nearest neighbor search in n-dimensions

Suppose a list of items such as: L1 = RandomReal[{0, 100}, 1000]; I need to find the position of each k-neighbor in the original list. And very quickly if ...
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Solve an eigensystem faster and eliminate Root[…] from the solution

I have a symbolic, 2-parameter, 8x8 matrix to solve, but Mathematica takes something like 20 minutes to solve it and returns a very large output containing expressions of the form ...
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Memory usage optimization for a large Association/SparseArray

Reformulating my question in simpler terms. Take two lists list1 = RandomInteger[{1, 100000000}, 25000000]; list2 = RandomReal[{1, 10}, 25000000]; Make an ...
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Speed and the MapThread function

Can anyone help explain why MapThread is so slow in this simple case? ...
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When does Mathematica automatically use dispatch tables for function evaluation? [closed]

I've read the documentation for Dispatch, and it says: Lists of rules produced by assignments made with = and := are automatically optimized with dispatch ...
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Speed up image coloring with ReplaceImageValue

I have about 200000 rgb-images of such format (2160*577 pixels): I want to colorize in each image some parts in white color: ...
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How to determine whether an expression can act as a “good” function?

It's not easy to see whether an expression can act as a "good" function. A good function refers to an operater that transforms symbolic entities like 1+x^2 or ...
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How to perform multi-columns selection and/or !MemberQ on large lists with speed?

This question (2 subquestions) is connected to How to speed up Select with MemberQ for large lists? Q1: I would like to have an alternate version of the form below to do a multi-columns selection on ...
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Efficient way for solving a matrix equation

I am looking for a more effcient method to perform the following analysis. I did my best, but running the following code on my machine takes 9.766s. I need to perform this analysis several times. ...
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SameQ for unsorted lists

I have to compare two or more lists and check if they are the same, but their elements can be in different position. For instance ...
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How to speed up Select with MemberQ for large lists?

I have two large lists: list1 and list2. I would like to select elements of list1 only if they appear in list2. Since the list1 has dimensions of (335000, 2) and list2 : (122000, 4), it's taking a ...
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Performance of a bootstrap - time of computation not linear with number of iterations

I'm doing a bootstrap based on this thread with the following code (file.txt here): ...
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Compiling a summation

I have a sum over Legendre polynomials which I'm trying to speed up. I've come across the suggestion of using Compile to speed up code in previous answers around ...
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How to improve performance of BesselJ to the level of GSL?

Consider the following code: zs = N /@ Range[0, 12, 10^-5]; AbsoluteTiming[bessels = BesselJ[1, #] & /@ zs;] Length@zs I've tried to measure only computation ...
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Why is ListPlot so slow here?

While examining How can I monitor the progress of a Plot? I was surprised to discover that in some cases ListPlot in version 10.0 and 10.1 is orders of magnitude ...
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How to perform Bayesian optimization with Mathematica?

Does Mathematica have any Bayesian optimization methods for learning hyper-parameters? Practical Bayesian Optimization of Machine Learning Algorithms Jasper Snoek, Hugo Larochelle and Ryan P. ...
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Apply NonlinearModelFit to an image

I have several images (in FITS format), which I want to fit with a 2D-Gaussian distribution. The problem is that NonlinearModelFit expects data in the form of a ...
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Reap, Sow with Parallelize: bad performance, why?

I have a question about the performance of Reap and Sow with Parallelize. I am aware of the following questions How to collect result continuously (interruptible calculation) when running parallel ...
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Using a Mathematica index as a DiscreteVariable in NDSolve when solving a coupled set of ordinary differential equations

Context Since the explanation below of the problem to be solved is lengthy, let me preamble this by saying that I have code that works to solve the problem, but I don't know whether (1) it's ...
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Speed up derivative evaluation

I'm trying to calculate the normal vectors and the tangent vectors at the discrete points of a suface. For example: ...
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Why does having many Print statements slow down my code?

I have a code that I need to debug. I have put a Print[] into it that should give about 10^4 prints for table entries. I know that 10^4 is large, and this exposes ...
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How to further accelerate arithmetic with Fermat Pseudoprime and Fibonacci number

I've been working on this all night, and I have made this go pretty fast, compared to my first iteration of the program, but now I'm out of ideas. I'm trying to write a program to test (by good ...
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Making ReplaceAll faster

I have a list of functions ncalc that is calculated by ...
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Fast construction and reshaping of large tensors

I'm trying to construct a large matrix which is derived from some higher rank tensor (the rank of interest to me changes case by case, so it needs to be a general method). Currently, the process of ...
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How to speed up Colorize

I have a list of about 500 images similar to the following: A = Import["http://i.stack.imgur.com/1bV4O.png"] ...
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Why is `Block` significantly faster than `ReplaceAll` for inputting variable values

Given that the documentation for FindMinimum uses ReplaceAll for its various examples of what to do with the found solution to ...
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How to create fast functions based on units?

Using units is a good means for rapidly developing code, since it provides some error control. Hovewer, using Mathamatica functions containing units appears to be copmutationally inefficient. ...
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NIntegrate gives message NIntegrate::vars:

As seen in the code below, I initially constructed a list of functions of two variables ζ and t0. These functions are pure ...
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How to find all the positions of max value of a list efficiently?

For Example, list=RandomInteger[{1,100},2000]. Yes,I know Position[list,Max[list]] can do. But it's based on pattern ...
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Orthogonality relations of Hermite polynomials

The Hermite polynomials are orthogonal. $$ \int_{-\infty}^\infty H_m(x) H_n(x) e^{-x^2}\, \mathrm{d}x = \sqrt{ \pi} 2^n n! \delta_{nm} $$ Does Mathematica not use this relationship? Because running ...
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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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Performance problems in new Sequence functions

The new-in-10.1 Sequence* family of functions should provide newly optimized methods for handling sequence problems. Happily in some cases they do! For example ...
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Constructing lists in an efficient way

I have a list of functions and I want to separate them into two lists: a list that contains the functions that have at least one zero and a list that contains the functions that do not have ...
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NaNs in tabular data and import performance

I'm working with some data files that are just too large for Import. I tried using ReadList, specifying either ...
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Returning functions that are partly evaluated

I have some performance issues when calling Table[{h, Slow1[h, n]}, {n, nlist}, {h, 0.1, 10, 0.5}]; for a given list ...
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Why does partitioning increase Dot execution speed?

I have noticed that multiplying a list of matrices can be significantly sped up by partitioning the list, calculating the product of the partitions matrices, and then multiplying the results. ...
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What is the right way to remove head of a number? [duplicate]

I often have a number for which I want to remove its head, e.g. {1}. I know of two ways to remove the head: {1}[[1]] # & @@ {1} Neither of these methods seem ...
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Slow program- Mathematica shuts down

I've been trying to draw dynamic pictures of level sets of certain polynomials. The code right now looks like that : ...
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Combinatorics: Placed errors

Consider a vector of length n where each element can take one of the values U, X, ...
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Timing of an Evaluation is not correctly displayed

From: http://reference.wolfram.com/language/howto/DisplayTheTimingOfAnEvaluationInANotebookWindow.html I ran a process that took about two minutes to finish. But the time recorded is only 0.18 ...
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Speeding up a “filling in” process

I have a sparse EventSeries that looks something like ...
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Speed up the auxiliary function magicSquare when $n$ is doubly-even

Today, I saw a question about magic square. Please see here When $n$ is doubly-even.Namely, Mod[n,4]==0 ...