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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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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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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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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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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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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Performance: Collapsing repeated contiguous rows & cols from a matrix

In this answer I needed to remove contiguous zero-valued cols and rows from a matrix, leaving only two of them in place, no matter what the original number was. I made up this code: ...
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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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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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Memory leak in FE?

A very abridged example of what was originally a major leak ...
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Why is ParallelMap way slower than Map

I recently tried to use ParallelMap instead of Map and to my surprise encountered that ...
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Variant of the cutting-stock problem in Mathematica

I'm pretty new to Mathematica and am trying to learn to solve problems in a functional way. The problem I was solving was to list the ways in which I could sum elements from a list (with repetitions), ...
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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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What is the fastest way to find an integer-valued row echelon form for a matrix with integer entries?

Let me begin by saying that this is my first post on StackExchange. I apologize in advance if I unwittingly break any of its unwritten rules of etiquette. Recently, I've been trying to understand an ...
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Are there rules of thumb for knowing when RandomVariate is more efficient than RandomReal?

Please consider the following: From a fresh Mathematica kernel, RandomVariate is more efficient for NormalDistribution but ...
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Why is Mathematica's expansion of expressions with square roots so slow?

Mathematica expansion of expressions with symbols isn't slow, but with square roots it is very slow. In Maple or Mupad both are fast: with square roots they both take less than a second. Here is an ...
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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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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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MaxSteps and Computing time issue for Solving Differential equation in Mathematica

When we solve differential equation numerically using NDSolve then sometimes we get error like NDSolve::mxst: Maximum steps reached According to Mathematica docs ...
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AbsoluteTiming affected by surrounding code

In the process of simplifying code posted for another question, I noticed AbsoluteTiming returned different results for the same code being timed, ...
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Smooth Peter de Jong attractor

Today I was playing with Peter de Jong attractor. At the bottom of the page I've linked there are beautiful examples like: My attempts are not so great: It is around 10^5 points. For more than ...
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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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Benchmarking Mathematica performance on the Raspberry Pi

It is not surprising that Mathematica on the Raspberry Pi is slow and clunky. In Stephen Wolfram's words, the command line is "quite zippy" but the notebook interface is "a trifle sluggish by modern ...
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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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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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Why is multidimensional Reverse slow?

I have found that multidimensional Reverse is ~10 times slower than exact -1 ;; 1 ;; -1: ...
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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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What compilers are “suitable” for CompilationTarget->“C”?

The documentation for CompilationTarget says, "if you do not have a suitable C compiler then you will not be able to set CompilationTarget to C". Well at this time, I don't have a compiler installed ...
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Manually specifying distance metric to Nearest slows down calculation

Why does manually specifying the distance metric to Nearest slow down the calculation so much? This is relevant to my previous question. I've been using ...
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Mathematica performance on Mac

I recently got a trial version of both Mathematica 9 and MATLAB 13a for Windows. I was stunned by the performance difference in the Windows and the Mac version. It was a simple test in matrix ...
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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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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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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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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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Speeding up the non-negativity algorithm for multilinear function with interval probabilities?

The algorithm is a branch-and-bound algorithm that calculates the non-negativity of a multilinear function with interval probabilities. The lines 9-11 has an optimization that is explained on the ...
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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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Improve speed for calculating a recursive sequence

I want to calculate following recursive sequence: $\alpha_{0}=0,\\ \cos(\alpha_{i})=\cos(\alpha_{i-1})\cdot\cos(\beta_{i})+\sin(\alpha_{i-1})\cdot\sin(\beta_{i})\cdot\cos(\gamma_{i}).$ In ...
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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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Consecutive Print to target same output Cell

Is it possible to conveniently direct the output of consecutive Print statements to the same output without actually accumulating the output in a temporary string/variable. This would be useful in ...
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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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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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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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Fast method to select matrix elements based on a vector of positions

There is an operation for which I have long wanted to find a better solution. Let: a be a matrix of dimensions $m\times n$ ...
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Finding all sets of elements with two common elements in a large dataset

I have a very large network of atoms ($\approx 10^6$ atoms) with fixed positions that resemble a cellular structure: I have two files including: fixed locations of each atom set of points which ...
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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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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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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 faster way to Map an Association?

Consider mapping an existing Association in a manner such as this: ...
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Numeric calculation of Hessian

I want to calculate the Hessian matrix for a function that can only be evaluated numerically. So far, I have the following (where f is just for testing): ...
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Extracting Pareto elements from a list

How can I extract the Pareto elements from a list? For example, for that list: ...