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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Solving variant of the knapsack/money-changing problem

I'm trying to solve a variant of the knapsack/changing money problem where I have a set of a few numbers and I'm trying to find the linear (integer) combinations of them which are close to a given ...
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Speeding up multilinear PRA branch-and-bound algorithm with worst-case exponential time scenario with respect to basic events

The algorithm is a branch-and-bound algorithm that calculates dominances for PRA, probalistic risk assessment. The task was to find faster ways to do it in numerical software such as Matlab but we ...
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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 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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Function does not compile with Greater in it

I have to speed up a matrix-calculation and would like to use Compile for it, though it fails and produces an unknown error message: ...
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Memoization of Rounded inputs

Memoization is a technique for improving performance by having a function remember its previous arguments. For example, f[x_]:=f[x]=mySlowFunction[x] will be ...
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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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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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Fast Sieve Implementation

I'm going to write a code to compete in performance with NewPGen. The goal is to sieve numbers that have small factors. Mine is very slow in compare with NewPGen. Here's my code: ...
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Why is AstronomicalData so slow?

I'm having trouble getting some pretty simple functions using AstronomicalData to perform at anywhere near the speed I need them to. For example, I have many ...
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Compiling Map over expression that yields a ragged array

I'm trying to speed up a function that looks in the neighborhood of each 3D point in a large dataset and finds all the points within 1 unit in each direction, x, y, z. I've started by using ...
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efficient way to count the number of zeros at the (right) end of a very large number

If I want to count the number of zeros at the (right) end of a large number, like $12345!$, I can use something like: Length[Last[Split[IntegerDigits[12345!]]]] ...
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Fastest way to measure Hamming distance of integers

I am looking for a fast and robust way to calculate the Hamming distance of integers. The Hamming distance of two integers is the number of matching bits in their binary representations. I expect that ...
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Why does iterating Prime in reverse order require much more time?

Say I would like to display the $10$ greatest primes that are less than $10^5$. I could do the following: ...
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Faster way to convert triangle list to edge list with no duplicates

I have a list of triangles returned by a Delaunay triangulator, in the following format: ...
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FiniteFields package is very slow. Any fast substitute for Mathematica?

I want to compute the inverse of matrix, say with dimensions $100 \times 100$, defined over a large finite field extension such as $GF(2^{120})$. I am using the package FiniteFields, but Mathematica's ...
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Speed up 4D matrix/array generation

I have to fill a 4D array, whose entries are $\mathrm{sinc}\left[j(a-b)^2+j(c-d)^2-\phi\right]$ for a fixed value of $\phi$ (normally -15) and a fixed value of $j$ (normally about 0.00005). The way ...
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Integration strategies for oscillatory multidimensional function

I am seeking to integrate a highly oscillatory, multidimensional function. I am currently using NIntegrate's QuasiMonteCarlo approach. However, this is time-consuming and, given my current resources, ...
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How can I use the overhang argument to Partition to avoid using PadLeft and PadRight here?

Say I have a list of values v = {v1, v2, v3, ... }. I need to partition these values to perform operations with a sliding window (think ...
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Something faster than Do loops with AppendTo

I am an "old" programmer used to Fortran and Pascal. I can't get rid of For, Do and While ...
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Making sure that Timing[] isn't thrown off by caching

In playing with and comparing the various answers to my question here, I tried applying Timing[] to see how fast things ran, but it seemed that some of the answers ...
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Control which variables get embedded inside Manipulate

While trying to analyse several different datasets I got what I thought was a good idea: define a "function" that returns a Manipulate object. But this has some ...
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Is there a Break[] equivalent for short-circuiting in Table?

I am running Mathematica 7. The following is admittedly a silly example, but suppose that I have a list list whose entries are either ...
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How to speed up mouse events?

Grids of dynamic objects responding to mouseovers seem to be quite slow in general, for instance: ...
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Parallelization of distinct array write access from subkernels

I'm working on an implementation of a multivariate FFT, which is (or at least should be) highly parallelizable due to the row-column-algorithm. However, i can't figure out how to implement that. The ...
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Space-efficient null space of sparse array

I have a roughly 100,000 × 3,000 matrix (as a SparseArray) that I'd like to find the kernel (null space) of. It has about 500,000 nonzero entries, all -1 or 1. ...
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Plot on command within DynamicModule?

Suppose I have a DynamicModule with all sorts of controls to set some parameters for a graphics object. ...
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Efficient way of identifying the indices of first occurrences

It seems to me like identifying the first occurrence of unique elements should take about the same amount of time as it takes to delete duplicates. My data sets are much larger than this (...
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Correct way to generate large data sets (i.e.forward yield curve )

I would like to generate a set of forward yield curve matrix of size 1000 x 100. First I defined my SparseArray of 1000 x100: ...
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Improving the performance of a package for working with rational functions

As Mathematica gets slow for large symbolic calculations, the cost of putting terms over a common denominator (Together), in particular, gets too high. It occurred ...
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Why does array packing in Table behave like this?

Consider the following example, which generate two identical arrays. Why sometimes the array is packed and sometimes it doesn't? And why they perform differently? Here the arrays are packed: ...
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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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Efficiently extracting an array subset given a separate array

I have two arrays. The first array consists of tens of millions of rows and three columns with a string, a number, and a string. ...
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Can we know the background code associated with basic mathematica functions

I wanted to know how computers calculate basic functions like Sqrt so first I checked how humans do it I found that they use something called "Newton's method" that ...
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Bresenham's line algorithm

Bresenham's line algorithm is producing discretized line for given two points for purpose of plotting for example. Like that: I have to stress that I'm interested in positions, not a plot. ...
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How do I put a Monitor into CDF?

I would like to keep track of progress of a database request in an Enterprise CDF, but it won't allow PrintTemporary or ...
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Definite integral takes a very long time

I'm trying to integrate the following function: $$ r_e=\int_0^z\frac{dz}{\sqrt{\Omega_m(1+z)^3+\Omega_\Lambda}} $$ where $\Omega_\Lambda=1-\Omega_M$ and both $\Omega_\Lambda$ and $\Omega_M$ are real ...
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Reducing quality of Graphics3D scene to improve performance?

ProteinData["SERPINA1", "MoleculePlot"] gives the detailed Graphics3D plot below. I'd like to make many small copies of this ...
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How can I place gui controls inside Grid? [duplicate]

In all my apps, I am facing a problem about placing the Gui controls inside Grid. For this purpose, I wrote three functions. The first function, ...
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Research positions of lists of varying size

I'm new to the site and I am French, so I ask your indulgence for my future mistakes in English. I would like to optimise the following code : ...
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Using Manipulate with a control variable for selective recalculation

I'm trying to adapt Nasser's method for using a control variable inside Manipulate to selectively choose what part of the code should be recalculated depending on the controls changed. I've also read ...
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Mathematica rule substitution memory

First I present the specific programming question, and then I provide further background details. Given an expression in Mathematica, say f=3x+7y, there are two ...
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Working with large data, pass-by-reference, compiled functions

I think I know the answer to this, but after two days of Googling, this is my last effort before going down an unwanted path... I have a function that takes lots of large data as arguments as well as ...
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Distance between two line segments in 3-space

I need to compute the distance between two line segments in a project. After googling, I found this algorithm and used it to implement a Mathematica version: ...
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Why does a heavy background slow LocatorPane from updating, even if only the locators are Dynamic?

I'm having some trouble getting a dynamic plot to operate efficiently, and I think I've tracked down at least part of the problem to some pretty weird behaviour on the part of ...
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Efficient Generation of Subgraphs (or, unfriend a friend a day)

NB: If you're not interested in the back-story, you could simply jump forward to the code which I'm seeking to optimize. Also, I believe this code would only work for MMA 8.0 and above. My friends ...
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Why is this code in functional style is slower than procedural style?

I know that in Mathematica a functional programming style is often more efficient than procedural style programming using For loops. But the code shown below seems ...
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Setting a lower limit on calculation time

Sometimes it can come in handy to set a lower limit for a calculation. Consider for example an animation that is generated by some infinite loop, which would run way too fast to display properly for ...
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About auto-compiling and performance between Do and Fold

I was investigating how Fold could improve performance vs Do. I tested the code ...
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Speed up Eliminate

I have a set of trig equations, c1,c2,c3 are constants, I excepted the result is c1 c2 c3 r^2 + (c1^2 + c2^2 + c3^2 - 1) r + c1 c2 c3 == 0 but following code ...