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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Drop selection of columns from a ragged array

I have an application where I need to drop some arbitrary list of columns from a ragged array (where of course the shortest array rows have at least all the specified columns). E.g., given a ragged ...
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Passing large list by reference

I have the following problem: I would like to control evaluation of a variable that points to a list. For example, frequently in the code I have functions of the form that are supposed to work on ...
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Elegant way to handle columns operations

Inspired by this question from @sjdh and by my recurrent use of columns operations in database sets, I was looking for one way to make columns operations more symetric, so I can handle with matrix and ...
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How to speed up calculations with large number of replacement rules?

In my program I have an expression which looks like: ...
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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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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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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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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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Compiling a recursive formula

My question is related to computing what is called "invariant measure" for a particular well known fractal - the Sierpinski triangle. We have an array m of four two by two matrices, say ...
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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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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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How to compile a diagonal array efficiently?

For example, if we use some functions defined prior to Compile, we usually have the main evaluators in the compiled codes, pointing to the definition of the ...
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Adding three integer sparse matrices is very slow. Adding only two is fast

Bug introduced in 9.0.0 and fixed in 10.0.0 Adding more than two sparse matrices in one step in Mathematica 9 is very slow (in fact I couldn't even wait for it to finish). Here's an example. ...
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How to read off coefficients of tensor-like expression in a speedy way?

I am considering identities involving t[a, b, c, d, ...], where number of indices is fixed. t has the cyclic property so that ...
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MathKernel.exe capped to use only 13% of CPU?

I am using a Windows machine with 8 cores. No other process than Mathematica 8 is using CPU time right now - still the MathKernel.exe CPU usage does not go beyond 13%. My current computation takes ...
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My introduction to Compile

I am reading Fractals from the Newton-Raphson method from Peter Young's page [http://young.physics.ucsc.edu/115/]{http://young.physics.ucsc.edu/115/}. I've tried: ...
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NIntegrate over a list of functions

This question is the result of these other two questions. Question 1 and 2. I thought it would be better to ask a new question rather than deleting previous one. I think When ...
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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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Improving NDSolve speed for heavily stiff problems

Having looked around the intergoogles and Mathematica.SE, I thought I'd pose a question with a minimum working example. Here is the situation I am trying to improve: I am solving a 4th order non ...
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How to increase speed of iterations with nonlinear functions

Let me ask about part of a problem which I have in solving of a nonlinear DE (numerically). I am working with vectors of length $xN$. I have an initial vector $v$, a given $xN\times xN$ matrix $A$ and ...
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Replace function call with expression resulting from the symbolic evaluation of the function when defining a second function?

Suppose the evaluation of a function f[x_, y_] := ... takes a very long time, but the output is a not-so-complicated polynomial in ...
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Is it possible to speed up ContourPlot on multi-core machines?

It is not very difficult to face a function for which ContourPlot works too slow. And it seems natural that this function can be parallelized well. Anyway, naive ...
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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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How to improve the performance of solutions to Project Euler (#39)?

This is the problem 39 of Project Euler, which I asked in the chat room two days ago. My original code runs as slowly as snails, and finally I got two answers from JM and Rojo. Unfortunately, both of ...
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xkcdConvert routines perform slower in Mathematica 9

I am experiencing some rather large performance decreases in Mathematica version 9.0 using the xkcd-styled plotting routines. I had used the xkcdConvert code ...
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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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What Mathematica features and idioms have $n^2$ complexity or worse [closed]

Here are a few: AppendTo[data, elem], Sort[data, test], in some cases use of ___ (as ...
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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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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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Data fitting with Image processing feature detection

I have some 2D data that once plotted looks like the following ...
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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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Removing calls to MainEvalute when using inlined compiled closures

This question is tightly related to the answer Shaving the last 50 ms off NMinimize. There @OleksandR shows how inlined closures can be used to eliminate calls to ...
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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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Use Compile to improve performance

I've recently discovered Compile as a way to optimize my code. I wrote a program to learn something new about Compile. I have a ...
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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 ...
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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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Compiling ColorFunction for faster complex phase-amplitude plots

I have gotten into the habit of plotting complex-valued functions on a plane using a color-function along the lines of ...
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sudden increase in timing when summing over 250 entries

I see a sudden increase of Timing by a factor of thousands when I sum over 250 elements of a matrix rather than over 249. So for instance, this table contains sums ...
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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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Vlookup function as Excel in Mathematica

How can we create a Vlookup function, similar to what we have in Excel? So if we have a table a and another b, we could add ...
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How do you determine the optimal autocompilation length on your system

When you pack lists there is an overhead therefore packing a list with, say, 2 elements is likely to cost more than you get back in efficiency. Mathematica has default list lengths for which functions ...
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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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Speeding up random walk for many particles

I am trying to speed up this code for many particles to take a random walk. I'm not sure why it is so slow for such a simple task. I got a few hints from colleagues to reduce the precision of the ...
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How can I speed up my compiled RBF interpolating function?

Overview I have a function that acts like the Interpolation on sparse $n$-dimensional data using a simple implementation of RBF interpolation method. I want my ...
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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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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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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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How to implement Bresenham’s algorithm as a system of equations?

Bresenham's line drawing algorithm is usually implemented via loops. But in Mathematica we can take advantage of its ability to solve Diophantine equations. From educational viewpoint it is quite ...
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Highlighting pattern strings in a large text

I would like to apply Style to strings that are matched, for example, with one or more specified patterns or regular expressions, a string or a list of both, ...
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Major slowdown when using a ColorFunction with more than one named scheme

Problem remains in 10.1 Earlier Kuba noted a major slowdown with code Simon Woods posted. Here is a simplified example. First a color function using two different named gradient schemes: ...