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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Split list of states by run lengths and discontinuous changes in state

I was asked to look into writing some simulation code for a user, where the simulation output (x) would oscillate between three possible states: ...
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Is it possible to sum the results of a Map - Apply?

I am fairly new to functional programming and would like to replace a For[] loop that sums the results over a Dataset. This may be a bit different since the ...
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How to speed up solution of system of recurrence equations

I was wondering how I can improve the speed on this method for solving a particular system of coupled recurrence equations. The system is $$ \begin{align*} &V(m)=\alpha + \beta V(m+1)+\beta ...
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How to efficiently find positions of duplicates?

Is there an efficient way to find the positions of the duplicates in a list? I would like the positions grouped according to duplicated elements. For instance, given ...
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Optimization of custom probability distibutions?

Consider the two tests: Timing[Do[RandomVariate[NormalDistribution[0.5, 0.3]], {200}]] {0.001188, Null} ...
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Unexpected slowness checking for empty list?

I thought I had a firm understanding of the differences between Equal and SameQ, but this has me puzzled: ...
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ImageApply Performance Difference

How come the timing difference between these calls is so big? (0.2 and 39 seconds on my computer) ImageApply[q3, img] ImageApply[q3[#] &, img] Where ...
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Faster variant of Reduce for finding zeros of holomorphic functions in a region

I'm currently using Reduce to find zeros of a function in a region on a complex plane: ...
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Improving Performance - Finding Polynomial Roots [duplicate]

I'm fairly new to Mathematica. In the past, my usage has mostly been limited to solving the occasional equation, making some plots, and working with small scaled statistics. None of these have been ...
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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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Speeding up EPS exporting ?

I'm using Mathematica 10 to render some figures, and I'm noticing some strange behaviour with EPS figures. I'm making figures like the one below in EPS format. And to do so, I use some code like ...
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Why are numeric division and subtraction not handled better in Mathematica?

There is something that has been troubling me for a while. At least through version 10.0 the performance of a / b and a - b is ...
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How can I speed up this NM optimization? Most delay seems to be due to long analytic expression

I am struggling with computational speed of a NelderMead optimization. Nevertheless my impression is that I lose lots of speed not only due to the NM optimization itself but rather to for instance ...
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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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Looping within linear programming

I am trying to do some network programming around optimization. Here is a reduced sample: ...
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Total much slower in version 10

Issue introduced in version 10, fixed in 10.0.2 Compilation nowadays may give very fast functions. Here is an example for finding the sum of a list of machine numbers, just as the built-in function ...
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Optimising prime number test code

Is it possible to speed-up this code ? Also, It would be great if people could test this algorithm. I only have a Raspberry Pi to test it on, so I can't be certain it's not a strong probable prime ...
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Faster position list construction from a “take instructions” list

Take some list, e.g., {1,2,3,4,5}, and a "take instructions" list, say {1,1,2,1,1}. The latter is read as "take the first ...
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What is the fastest way to get notebook CellGroups / Cells structure?

So the question is how to get this kind of information: from This is one of my ideas: ...
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Bad performance from SubsetQ?

Can I say this is a bad performance from the new V10 function SubsetQ? Here are some tests comparing it to ...
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speeding up creation of SparseArray

I have to create the following sparse arrays, which are reshaped in a two dimensional matrix, so that i can use the build in Dot[] function to do a kind of ...
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Efficient image stacking

I have a list of lists of images that I would like to stack and create mean images for each list of images. Images are .jpg files 2592x1944 pixels large. Each list ...
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Speeding Up the Numerical Integration of a Product of Numerical Integrands with NIntegrate

I need to solve a set of coupled integral equations within a self-consistent cycle. The final result will be functions, say $A(x)$ and $B(x)$, which are related to each other by some integrals which ...
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DatePlus and DayPlus perform much worse than my user-defined-function

I was debugging a function speed, and discovered that the time bottleneck was in DatePlus. I tried to change to DayPlus and get ...
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Collision detection algorithm (discrete) with sweep and prune algorithm for periodic boundary conditions

EDIT: Question Updated with solution approach, but solution much slower than original implementation. Any ideas to speed up implementation? In the discussion on collision detection (see here) I asked ...
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How to accelerate my code?

Given a 2D $M \times N$ matrix with non-negative values, I would like to find a path going from top to bottom such that the sum of the path is minimum. My function is defined as follow: ...
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Very slow mathematica finite differences

I have a simple code which solves an equation by an explicit method (FTCS). It takes mathematica several minutes (mathematica 10.0.2) to finish the calculation while the same code in Fortran runs less ...
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Slow evaluation of NIntegrate when used as a pure function

I asked a perhaps related question here. Here is my code in below. The goal is that to define a function which must be integrated numerically. The function itself first is calculated over different ...
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What is the most efficient method to find a single eigenvector with eigenvalue that is numerically 0?

I need to find an eigenvector of a (numerically calculated) square matrix M corresponding to the eigenvalue 0. The methods I know are ...
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Slow exponential evaluation over lists

This question,which is still unanswered, might be relevant because it involves NIntegrate over lists and it also has Exp. In ...
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How to get probabilities for multinomial & hypergeometric distribution ranges more quickly?

I often need to calculate the probability of a result from a multinomial distribution falling within some range, e.g., the maximum of the categories having an upper bound, or a lower bound for the ...
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Decrease computation time of module [closed]

I need to compute the exponential of a matrix (in this caseR) by the summation method where R is a square matrix with symbolic ...
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Simple-looking Minimize takes for ever

Consider the following: Minimize[{(ξ - x)^2 + (η - y)^2, a ξ + b η == c}, {ξ, η}, Reals] After asking Mathematica to do this yesterday afternoon and forgetting ...
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Animating a Large Graphic Aborts, but Dynamic Works Fine

I'm trying to animate a large Graphics output, and it is returning $Aborted. I'm confused because when I use Dynamic and Slider, the graphics output is exactly what I want, i.e., I can 'animate' the ...
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Run out of memory. How to optimize this code?

I have two sets of data: short with 22 entries, long with 46 entries. I want to take 20 entries from ...
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Performance problem with summation in Mathematica

I was trying to find out why the following function is rather slow. ...
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Improve performance of processing transactions in a large file

I want to work with a table which has 296,705 transactionslines and 172,147 transactions. ...
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Finding minimum of a list of pairs

Sometimes I need to find the Min of a list, whose elements are lists (say of two elements, a pair). Given that Min does not have the option to indicate a sorting function like Sort, I elaborated the ...
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Functional-programming virus infection

Update: The question may seem too broad, but the answer provided by belisarius responds perfectly to the question, as the use of $ListConvolve$ and $NestList$ meets the desired criteria in in addition ...
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Let's do this list-rearrangement prettier [duplicate]

Suppose that i have a list in this format= $list=\{ \{a,obj1 \} ,\{c,obj2 \}, \{a,obj3 \}, \{b,obj4 \} \dots\}$ I want to construct a new list in this way: $ newlist= \{ \{ \{a,obj1\} , \{a,obj3\} ...
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Slow-down encountered when using NMinimize with a compiled function

I'm minimizing a large function. Evaluating the function is very slow symbolically but using Compile I can get ~100x speed-up on this step. However, despite this, the NMinimize process is only ...
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Listable on first level [duplicate]

I have some function which take List as input. f[l_List]:=someActions[l] I need apply this function to a list of lists. Now I ...
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Choose between `Apply` and `Map`

Even though this might be too general question(or not answerable), I want to get some advice here. I apologize in advance if it is not a relevant question. I frequently have to process large list of ...
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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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Low CPU usage. How to increase it? Should I? [duplicate]

I'm running a programme, and below are some graphics from the resources monitor from windows 8, while running my programme in version 9 of mathematica. Sorry for the foreign writings in the pics, but ...
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How to speed up ReplaceAll in Table?

I am writing a code which solve a list of equations and then create a Table with resulst of equation solving. In applications where I use this code, I create a bunch of equations and my computations ...
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The efficiency compare between Flatten[#, 1] & and Join @@ # &

Err..Often I met the situation to join lists at the first level and I used to just Flatten[#, 1] &@ them. However, I found(when glance over the mathematica.stackexchange.com) someone else prefer ...
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Slow application of `Outer` on a matrix

I have some performance issue with the calculation of a gaussian kernel applied to a not-that-large dataset. I'm not very good with performance tuning in Mma and I have the feeling this one could be ...