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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Faster simplification of linear combinations of some specific functions

After some profiling I've found that my program spends most of its time in the simplification step. The program uses my simplification function many times (over different data). My calculation is not ...
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using interpolation functions in ParallelMap

Edit I am editing the question to give a simple workable example. It is at the bottom under the heading Example. The original question is now headed withe Background. Background I am trying to ...
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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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Speed up iterated manipulations of a graph / table

I am trying to generate a version of Watts' model of cascading shocks to a network following the discussion on p. 20-25 of this article. The basic premise is to use the ...
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How to speed up Minimum Spanning Tree algorithm?

How to speed up MST algorithm? I work with graphs and I have adopted Prim's algorithm for my needs, from here. The graphs which I use are very dense (number of vertexes: $V=500$ and every vertex is ...
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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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Making fractals with Mathematica

I recently saw this post on math.stackexchange and was curious as to how to generate the image in Mathematica. I tried the following naive approach; however, it is extremely slow. ...
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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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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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How to sum up large number of elements in a table quickly?

I have been using Mathematica for some time now but I have a feeling that I am not using it as efficiently as it could be. I have the following problem which I am unable to figure out and it would be ...
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Faster code for specific problem

Sorry, but I need the following code much faster and I'm running out of ideas. I do appreciate any help. I post two of my fastest ideas (tab and mat), although they are not really fast. Thanks in ...
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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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Factor out invariant code from Plot

Given a simple Gaussian kernel UnscaledKernel[a_, b_, sigma_] := Exp[-(((a - b)/sigma).((a - b)/sigma))/2] and un-normalized smoothing function ...
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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 solve simultaneous equations faster with Compile?

I have large 6x6 matrix Uwhich is a multiplication of 15 rotational matrix. All of the elements are Sin\[theta] and ...
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Elementwise, compilable min function

I am trying to implement efficiently a transfer-matrix like algorithm. On each iteration, I have two vectors $x=\{x_1,\dots,x_n\}$, $y=\{y_1,\dots,y_n\}$ with real numbers and I need to compute the ...
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Combining lists with common elements efficiently [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Computing the equivalence classes of the symmetric transitive closure of a relation I am required to process sets consisting of 2-element subsets of integers by ...
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Fast Spherical Harmonics radiative transfer

This is a rather specific question and I apologize for spamming you with some lengthy code. But it could be interesting for some reader and maybe you can help out, so please bear with me. I am using ...
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Trying to extract information from an MDB file. Import is too slow

I am running a Linux box and as usual the documentation for this type of box is not great. I am trying to open up and extract and possibly include later on information from a "mdb" file. The file ...
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Using Compile to speed up Function with PermutationProduct

I have the following fairly simple routine dot involving PermutationProduct that I wish to speed up using ...
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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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How can I use Mathematica's graph functions to cheat at Boggle?

This question is inspired by a Stack Overflow question that I decided to solve using Mathematica. In addition to Mathematica, I thought I'd use some of the new version's graph-related functionality, ...
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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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Compiled version of (Norm/@coordinates)

Here I define (NormCoordinates). ...
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GeoDirection and GeoDistance Memory Leaks: How to Recover the Memory?

The functions GeoDirection and GeoDistance have memory leaks. To see this, run the example functions below and watch as the Physical Memory Available in the Windows Task Manager, Performance tab, ...
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Very fast way to do a coordinate frame transform

I need a function that rotates and translates a huge amount of line segments. For example, I have a set of line segments in the form {{x0,y0,z0},{x1,y1,z1}} ...
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Optimizing NIntegrate for higher PrecisionGoal

By default, NIntegrate works with MachinePrecision and its PrecisionGoal is set to ...
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Performance tuning for game solving (peg solitaire | senku)

There's a game I saw at a friend's yesterday, that I often see at people's homes, but never for enough time to think on it too hard. It's called peg solitaire (thanks @R.M). So I came home and I ...
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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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Methods to speed up numerical NDSolve, NIntegrate,

I am not very used to do numerical simulations on Mathematica. Do you have any ideas how to improve i.e. speed up my code? ...
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Speeding up a slow indefinite integral

I have found an alternative way to express an old solution: ...
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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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PolarPlot render oddities

I apologize if this is a obvious question and answer, I don't often use Mathematica to display plots or graphics in general to be honest. So, I was tutoring my cousin yesterday in relation to Polar ...
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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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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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Faster Alternatives to DateDifference

I need a faster implementation of FractionOfYear and FractionOfMonth, which do the following: Input: A time/date specified by ...
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How to tell mathematica not to resolve stiffness issues

Very often I solve partial differential equations that are nonlinear and could be up to 4th order. In these cases, it is usual for the solution determined by ...
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Tridiagonal symmetric matrix eigenvalue using bisection

I know that Eigenvalues is already quite well implemented in Mathematica, nor am I foolishly trying to improve on it. In order to improve my programming skills, I ...
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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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Interprocedural optimization

Lets say I want to build a list of the first 1000000 primes. This is simple enough, I can just do: AbsoluteTiming[plist = Table[Prime[i], {i, 1000000}];] and it ...
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Memory Leak in RowReduce?

Recently I tried to do what I thought was a fairly small (relative to the 6 GB of RAM that I have on my machine) row reduction calculation on a matrix representing an undetermined linear system and ...
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Finding long strings of identical digits in transcendental numbers

Introduction Describing the three main streams of present-day mathematical philosophy (formalism, Platonism and intuitionism) in a well-known book, The Emperor's New Mind, R. Penrose says: ...it ...
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How to make an inkblot?

How to effectively create a polygon that looks like a realistic inkblot? So far, I could come up with this (borrowing from Ed Pegg Jr.'s Rorschach demonstration): ...
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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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Reducing the memory footprint of lists of machine numbers

I have a large 1D dataset of double precision numbers that are stored in many external database files. In order to load the whole dataset into Mathematica 8 I iterate over the files ...
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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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Noticeable slowdown in graphical performance when using manipulate

I have been making these mathematica 3D objects that involve a molecule with some sort of surface displayed above them. This is done fairly easily by: ...
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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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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 ...