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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More efficient way of generating list of occurrence counts?

Given a list, e.g., target = {a, b, c, b, c, d, c, d, e, f, a, h, g}, I want to generate a list containing the occurrence count of the corresponding element of the ...
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Why won't Parallelize speed up my code?

What reasons are there that can cause parallelized Mathematica code not to run with full performance?
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How to reduce the InterpolatingFunction building overhead?

I want a linear interpolation from the following example list: ...
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Using the Krylov method for Solve: Speeding up a SparseArray calculation

I'm trying to implement this Total Variation Regularized Numerical Differentiation (TVDiff) code in MMA (which I found through this SO answer): essentially I want to differentiate noisy data. The full ...
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How to work with Experimental`NumericalFunction?

This question is intimately connected with previous one: "How to create internally optimized expression for computing with high WorkingPrecision?" Oleksandr R. correctly states in the comment: A ...
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Total much slower in version 10

Issue introduced in version 10, fixed in 10.0.2 Compilation nowadays may give very fast functions. Here is an example for finding the sum of a list of machine numbers, just as the built-in function ...
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Efficiently generating n-D Gaussian random fields

I am interested in an efficient code to generate an $n$-D Gaussian random field (sometimes called processes in other fields of research), which has applications in cosmology. I wrote the following ...
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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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How to collect result continuously (interruptible calculation) when running parallel calculations?

This is the most common pattern to compute a table of results: Table[function[p], {p, parameters}] (regardless of how it's implemented, it could be a ...
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A fast, robust DropWhile

For reasons that have never been entirely clear to me, Mathematica has had a built-in TakeWhile function since version 6.0, but has no equivalent ...
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Data fitting with Image processing feature detection

I have some 2D data that once plotted looks like the following ...
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How to speed up the function DelaunayTriangulation?

First define a function meshGrid to generate some points: ...
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Efficient circular buffer?

I wish to create an efficient circular buffer. That is, I wish to keep a fixed length list while appending a new value and dropping the oldest, repeatedly. As we know lists in Mathematica are ...
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Efficient Generation of Random Variates from a Copula Distribution

I have a 7-asset portfolio for which I want to simulate daily log-deltas using a Student T copula. The marginal distributions are all either Stable or TsallisQGaussian. Using NMaximize, I have ...
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Is there an NDSolve`ProcessEquations analog for NIntegrate?

NDSolve has an interface for repeatedly solving an equation with different initial conditions without having to analyze the equation and set up the solving algorithm each time. This can improve ...
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How to quickly calculate intersections of filled curves?

I am trying to quickly calculate the intersection of polygons with more than 6,000 points. A compiled solution would be preferable. Here is one example of the problem: ...
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Efficient way of finding shortest distance between two sets of points in mathematica

I have two sets of 3D points, say a = RandomReal[1, {10, 3}]; b = RandomReal[1, {10, 3}]; I wanna find the first N pairs that have shortest distance between the ...
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Speeding up the built-in Rudin-Shapiro and Thue-Morse sequence functions

Version 10.2 introduced two well-studied sequences as functions: the (Golay-)Rudin-Shapiro sequence (RudinShapiro[]) and the (Prouhet-)Thue-Morse sequence (...
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Function that caches when it returns unevaluated

How would you go about implementing a function that caches not the result but the fact that it didn't match a pattern? So that it doesn't waste time recomputing a complex time-consuming pattern ...
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Why some built-in functions are slow

I just wonder why some built-in functions are slower compared to some other ways using more than one built-in functions for doing same job. consider this example: ...
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Is there a faster way to create a matrix of indices from ragged data?

I have data that is given as a list of ordered pairs mixed with scalars. The pairs can contain infinite bounds. My goal is to convert the data into an index used in future computations. ...
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Faster binary Hamming weight for big integers?

While working on an answer to Count the sequences in an array I found that DigitCount was the bottleneck in my code when used as ...
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How can I effectively performance-profile Dynamics?

How to optimize performance-wise a complex dynamic expression (like a GUI) with lots of dynamically updated components, which require different update-frequencies? I was hesitant to ask this question ...
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Faster way to compute the distance from a point to a surface in 3D

I am trying to compute the shortest distance between a point and a triangle in 3D ...
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Performance of compiled functions

I am trying to find the fastest way to calculate two values where both of them are sum of different expressions. I combine both calculations in one Sum[]. I'm ...
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Fast DensityPlot

Is it possible to increase the perforamce the DensityPlot? For example, let's try to plot this "flower" ...
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Underlying Algorithms for List Manipulation Functions

Does anyone know, or know of a link for the underlying algorithms used for list manipulation functions? Specifically: Union with and without the ...
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Split a string at specific positions

Given a string of alphanumerical characters, how to split it simply and quickly at the center of continuous letter-substrings? Is there an elegant and fast solutions out there in the "computational ...
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Difference between AbsoluteTiming and Timing

I need to evaluate the efficiency of my code. Therefore I would like to evaluate the time the code need for some calculations. Mathematica gives me two possibilities for this kind of evaluation: ...
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Select performance

I am fairly new to mathematica and working my way thru Paul Wellins book on Mathematica programming so experimenting with various language constructs. I was experimenting with ...
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How to speed up my Project Euler code

The evaluation speed of Mathematica often depresses me. It did it again when I wrote a code to solve a Project Euler problem. https://projecteuler.net/problem=206 Here's my code: ...
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How can I efficiently “remap” an image?

Many image processing libraries like OpenCV, Intel Performance Primitives or Octave have a useful function called "remap", that takes an image, an array with X coordinates and an array with Y ...
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Optimizing a Numerical Laplace Equation Solver

Laplace's Equation is an equation on a scalar in which, given the value of the scalar on the boundaries (the boundary conditions), one can determine the value of the scalar at any point in the region ...
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Getting lengths of sublists that sum to more than one

I have a long list of numbers, and I'm interested in finding the length of each sublist that totals to more than 1, so for the list ...
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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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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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Can code optimize code?

Are there functions, programs or packages that deal with optimizing mathematica code i.e. re-writing ineffecive or convoluted code. -This question has haunted me since I joined SE. The background for ...
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Iterate until condition is met

I want to find the first 5 prime numbers of the form $n^6 + 1091$. I have used this code: Timing[Select[Table[n^6 + 1091, {n, 10000}], PrimeQ, 5]] Which gives ...
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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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How to remove duplicates from set of machine precision 2D points?

I have a set of 2D points with machine precision coordinates. I need to remove all duplicates. Performance is important. This is the most obvious fast solution: ...
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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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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 ...
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Efficiently collecting results inside a compiled function

When we don't know the number of results that will be generated, the usual way to collect results is Reap/Sow. Another ...
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Combining images with CUDA

SMALL UPDATE: This question is left as unanswered, because none of the existing answers as of yet actually use CUDA (though, whilst being very useful). 2nd Edition: To make it a bit more clear, and ...
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Why is my data 10 times slower than random data when doing matrix multiplication

I have some data generated from some program, and it appears that matrix multiplication on these data are about 10 times slower than on some random data: ...
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How to create internally optimized expression for computing with high WorkingPrecision?

I have large dataset and need to fit rather complicated function on it with different values of one of its parameters (this parameter must be fixed in every fit). I use the ...
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Slow import of multigigabyte TIF image stacks

Update 6: After contacting Wolfram Technical Support, I was advised that the frame-to-frame import timing variability can be eliminated by reading in the frame stack from frame to frame with the ...
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How can I speed up the classic GA for graph coloring?

I'm trying to compute the chromatic number of this graph (which is 28): g = Import@"http://www.info.univ-angers.fr/pub/porumbel/graphs/dsjc250.5.col"; My genetic ...
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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 ...