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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Ruth-Aaron quadruple challenge

This a computational challenge, to find an efficient algorithm to discover a quadruple $(n,n+1,n+2,n+3)$ with the same sum of prime factors as described in the MO question, "Ruth-Aaron triples, etc." ...
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Max element of a list with a custom ordering function

I need a function to find max element of a list according to some custom ordering function, assuming that the function implements a total order (elements being compared might not even be numbers). ...
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Fast Trial Division

I'm going to write a custom Trial Division primality test. I know that PrimeQ will first try trial division and then switches to ...
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Rendering thousands of points

I am trying to render an image with some 120,000 Points. Technically it's just 10,000 points, plus their reflection, plus 5 rotations of both of those sets, but I'm ...
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Integers which are the sum of both two and three consecutive squares

This is a math problem I came across the other day: $365$ can be written as a sum of two and also three consecutive perfect squares: $365=14^2+13^2=12^2+11^2+10^2$ What is the next ...
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How to speed up Min of DateObjects?

I'm in version 10.0.1 using a Dataset to do some plots and things. For one of the plots I need to get the minimum date of a some filtered set of the ...
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How to speed up execution of this function?

How can I speed up the execution of following function, specifically for larger values of n? ...
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Speed up calculation

First of all thanks to: rm -rf, Mr.Wizard, Simon Woods, Pickett, Piotr Wendykier, Mac, Yves Klett, belisarius, halirutan, bill s, nikie, wxffles, ... Everybody of you helped me (a mathematica ...
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Why is C-compiled (but not WVM-compiled) code so slow in Manipulate?

Here is a small section of code from this SE question which computes the real part of the dilogarithm (the upper limit of the sum is increased for demonstration purposes): ...
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Animate skips frames and hard to control speed.

I browsed similar questions related to Animate jerkiness like here, but haven't found the right options to control animation rate while also displaying all frames: ...
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How to use slots and patterns to reduce repetitive calculation?

This is kind of complicated... How can we make MMa calculate values of a function before doing multiple pattern or slot substitutions? Answers to similar questions didn't cover the case where the ...
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Extend a function to all polynomials ( just 2 variables) when one knows its values on monomials

I need your help to make my code faster. I have a formula for computing a value from any monomial $x^i y^j$, say formular1[i_,j_]:=(Gamma[i]/Gamm[j] ). It is just ...
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How do I understand this big difference in speed:

A friend of mine found a huge difference in runtime speed between these two ...
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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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Help at speeding up simplification/nested symbolic integration

I have the following problem: I want to compute an integral of the form $$\int\limits_0^{t_g}\mathrm{d}t_2\int\limits_0^{t_2}\mathrm{d}t_1\left[A(t_1),A(t_2)\right],$$where $\left[B,C\right]=BC-CB$ is ...
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Order of evaluation when using Solve and Minimize

I have to solve numerically an integral, that ends up being more or less as follows: Solve[f[x]==a*Sum[Sin[x-i]*(f[i]-f[i-1]),{i,1,x}],f[x]] (not actual ...
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Use Compile to speed up evaluation

I have read, that using Compile command can speed up evaluations in mathematica. I have a mathematical expression, which I evaluate using following command: ...
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Most efficient searching algorithm in a table

I am completely new in Mathematica (and in data analysis in general) and I find it really useful, although I still do not use it properly. I have the following question related to data manipulation: ...
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Best way to create symmetric matrices with block structure and additional symmetries of the submatrices

Update: you can now skip the "My attempted solution" part and jump to "My first attempt for improvement" in the end of the question. My question is related to Best way to create symmetric matrices . ...
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How to pick the maximum of a list? Improving efficiency

I need to find the element of a list, with the highest weight. Example: ...
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For loop catastrophe

I know that Mathematica prefers a functional programming way but I still have some problems for the following example. Supposing we generate a Fibonacci sequence of 10^6 elements. NestList or FoldList ...
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Performance of Extract-Transform operations

I'm doing simple data analysis. I load some date-time data from a file, it's a simple list: ...
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Can a Trie be implemented efficiently?

What is the most space and time efficient way to implement a Trie in Mathematica? Will it be practically faster than what is natively available in appropriate cases?
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Why is StringExpression faster than RegularExpression?

Edit: as noted by Albert Retey the performance difference is only seen when sub expression extraction is performed. If this test is used below the timings are similar: ...
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Duplicate values n-times [closed]

I already asked how I can take the list {1,2,3} and get {1,1,1,2,2,2,3,3,3} out of it, adding degeneracy to the problem. So far ...
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Generate Degeneracies in List [duplicate]

I have a list with n entries and I would like to duplicate this list p times. In my case because of the Degeneracy of my Eigenvalues. For example I have {3,2,1} and it is five-fold-degenerate so that ...
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Suppress connection to Wolfram|Alpha when making unit conversions

I want to speed up calculations with unit conversions. I suspect primarily that some units evaluate from Wolfram|Alpha. Any way to prevent this automatically, so that Mathematica throws ...
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Mathematica taking too long to calculate recursive function

I have been trying to plot those specific recursively defined functions p1 and q1 in Mathematica: ...
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Why does this line increase the consumed memory?

Probably this is a simple question, however I really don't understand this behavior in Mathematica. It particularly leads to a memory leak in a huge program I have to do processing of 3D images. I ...
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Comparing LetL and Module efficiency

I was recently introduced to the LetL macro thanks to Leonid's answer to one of my prior questions. I was, needless to say, impressed by the simplicity of its ...
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How can I Integrate large trigonometric expressions more efficiently?

I have a requirement to integrate some large symbolic expressions containing products of trigonometric functions. A single integration is averaging 7 minutes, and I have 2628 expressions to integrate, ...
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More on performance of Sum[]

There is an interesting discussion on performance of Sum[] in this question. I actually wanted to reproduce findings from this answer. So, I entered: ...
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Apply functions to functions yields slow execution speed

I'm trying to write a function that parametrizes a curve c(t) by its arc length. Technicly I'm finished but if I plot the result for an example curve like ...
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How can I use Mathematica's graph functions to cheat at Boggle?

Boggle is a word game played with 16 dice and a 4x4 tray. This question is inspired by a Stack Overflow question about Boggle that I decided to solve using Mathematica. In addition to Mathematica, I ...
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Issuing user-defined messages takes a long time (Message is slow)

Issuing messages takes a very long time in version 9 and version 10. Can others reproduce this? Is there a fix? Update: This is slow only when using the front end, but not when running the kernel ...
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Speed optimization of Mean calculation in a previous calculated data range

I have following problem: My calculations work quite well with the shown testdata, the only problem is the speed of it. My original dataset is about 64000 datapoints, and it takes several minutes to ...
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Slowdown of Flat attributed function

I was trying to write an associative function f using the attribute Flat. ...
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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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The speed of Sum[] varies strangely

I was curious about the difference in speed between Total and Sum. I found out Total was ...
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What is the most efficient way to map a linked list?

In order to work with lists effectively using common recursive patterns from functional programming, it's often most convenient to worked with the "linked list" representation, that looks like this: ...
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Division by zero is slow

Suppose I have two arrays of data, which I want to divide: ...
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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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Over 30mins to generate the first eigenvector?

Is it normal for Mathematica to take over 30mins to try to compute the first eigenvector of a 100x100 matrix? The matrix is reasonably sparse - about 90% of the cells are 0s and each column sums to ...
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Improve on timing of NMinimize

I got a little performance problem with the function NMinimize (it takes mathematica approximately 10 minutes to compute the results). Here i s my sample code: ...
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Neighbourhood - Calculations

SeedRandom[0]; n = 5; (m = N @ RandomInteger[{1, 3}, {n, n}]) // MatrixForm result1 = MeanFilter[m, 1] // MatrixForm ...
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How to get “Signature” of each element of “Permutation” output

I need to sum over all possible permutations, multiplied by the Signature of each permutation of a given list of symbols. But, I don't know how to determine the ...
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Speeding up the generation of all k-edge-coloring of a graph

A $k$-edge-coloring of a graph $G=(V,E)$ is a function from $E$ to $\{1,\ldots,k\}$, so in other words every edge of $G$ receives one of the $k$ colors available. (In particular, note that we are not ...
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Speed up numerical optimization (for plotting and solving)?

Briefly speaking, I want to plot a function PIfun[], which its value is based on numerical optimization using NMaximize. It ...