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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Optimizing code containing an infinite sum

I have the following expression. It's based on the negative-log-likelihood of a Poisson-Gaussian noise model, i.e. a convolution of a Poisson & Normal distribution. The value $x_{i}$ is the ...
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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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Calculate the covariance of a large matrix

I have to compute the covariance of 50 very large integer matrices (2500x2000 elements). However, according to my estimation this will take around 10 days. Do you have any ideas how to speed things ...
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Export[] performance

Consider this sequence of commands: ...
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Performance tuning in Mathematica?

What performance tuning tricks do you use to make a Mathematica application faster? MATLAB has an amazing profiler, but from what I can tell, Mathematica has no similar functionality.
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Better way to test that a matrix is upper-triangular?

Today, I got to thinking about how to test that a matrix was upper-triangular. So I had a try at it. Algorithm $\quad \quad a_{ij}=0 $ Or $i \leq j$ $\Rightarrow$ $True$ My solution is ...
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Optimizing a function containing a complex exponential

I've noticed the following significant different in performance for different formulations of the same function: ...
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Simpler code evaluating Dickman's function?

I've read here that Mathematica 10 can Obtain symbolic solutions to delay differential equations. Would that help in numericaly evaluating Dickman's function $\rho(u)$ ? It is a delay differential ...
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Listable on first level

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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Issue with very large lists in Mathematica

I have a need to work with very large arrays of data in Mathematica. The length of the list is not known upfront. The typical size is a few hundred thousands elements and could easily go beyond a ...
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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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How to efficiently select elements from a Hash?

How can I write an efficient version of the following selection statement: Keys[Select[hash, # < constant &]]; // AbsoluteTiming hash can be made from: ...
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Fast principal component analysis

I'd like to speed up a principal value value analysis. The data contains a large set of vectors with a large dimension. Both are in the range of 1000. I want to obtain the loadings matrix for further ...
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Faster way to extract partial data from AdjacencyMatrix

I am dealing with a lot of Graph objects. One task is to obtain an Id for each of them. So I first used ...
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Using Compile Function Options efficiently

While this gives general pointers, I want inputs on ground rules for improved performance of nested/interdependent compiled functions. sample problem: a, ...
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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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Mathematica 10 loads too long time [duplicate]

After starting Mathematica 10 it hangs for about a minute before becoming operational. Internet connectivity is disabled. Start screen is disabled. What should I do? P.S. Opening any help page ...
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How to efficiently select element in a list of lists?

How can I write an efficient version of the following statement? Cases[list, {_, feature_} /; feature < constant]; // AbsoluteTiming List is of the form, list ...
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A bug in Commonest in version 10

Bug introduced in 10.0.0 m_goldberg demonstrated that in Mathematica 10 Commonest does not behave as the documentation indicates that it will. Concisely: ...
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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 MinimalPolynomial

My Mathematica code runs slowly MinimalPolynomial[Sqrt[2] + Sqrt[3]+ Sqrt[5]+ Sqrt[7]+ Sqrt[11]+ Sqrt[13], x] runs slowly, but the Maple version ...
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Alternatives to Append/AppendTo for generating a list in an interactive DynamicModule?

I have a stack of timelapse microscopy images that I am trying to segment frame-by-frame using some of Mathematica's image processing functions. I have created a little interactive DynamicModule with ...
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Efficient processing of Special Ordered Sets with LinearProgramming

I'm playing with integer linear programming, especially problems involving lots of constraints which would appear to be special ordered sets. Below is a toy example, three last rows of the matrix ...
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Unusual Slow Down with LocatorPane/DynamicModule

I have coded up a little interactive DynamicModule to help me with image processing/segmentation of stacks of timelapse microscopy images. I am experiencing a crippling slow down in the ...
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Why is Query so much slower than Part?

Time for another of these(1),(2) as yet another new-in-10 function appears to have poor performance compared to older alternatives. This time: Query appears to be ...
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Optimizing the front end on the Raspberry Pi

Using Mathematica's Front End on the Raspberry Pi is truly a test of one's patience. The most basic of notebooks become unresponsive after seemingly trivial additions to the notebook. Consider the ...
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Improving the speed/efficiency of multiple (finite range) convolutions for a causal response plot

So I am looking at modelling the response of a system that is excited by multiple pulses over a period of time. The way to find the response at time t is to take the convolution between the impulse ...
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Faster code for solving an equation with parameters

I am new to Mathematica and wanted to solve an equation that depends on parameters. The code is below ...
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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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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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How can I reduce computation time while still obtaining a good approximation for my function?

I am new to any CAS (and Mathematica, for that matter) and new to StackExchange too, so forgive me and correct me on any mistakes. I have this function: $J_p=\sum_{m,n=1}^{\infty} ...
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Why do Tooltips slow down Dynamic so much? Is there a faster alternative?

I'm working on a Dynamic ListPlot with a few thousand plots, and it seems that wrapping the points with Tooltip slows the Dynamic responsiveness substantially. With the simple example below, dragging ...
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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 to work with Experimental`NumericalFunction?

This question is intimately connected with previous one: "How to create internally optimized expression for computing with high WorkingPrecision?" Oleksandr R. correctly states in the comment: A ...
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Mma 10: Half the parallel power (Macs)?

Here is a comparison of the parallel kernels launched under Mathematica under v9 and v10, on the same identical current 2014 R2-D2 Mac Pro ... [ Update: Valerio has commented that the same issue ...
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Speeding Up Image Processing Functions

I am working with stacks of 1024x1024 timelapse microscopy images that I am performing a series of image processing functions on to help segment each image. These functions include ...
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Performance of compiled functions (Project Euler No14)

I was playing around with the project euler problem 14. The solution I came up with is listed below as cf1. The solution works fine but I get the compiler warning: ...
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Improving the speed of evaluating Table with nested functions

I am a Mathematica novice working with a stack of 1024 x 1024 WatershedComponents (or MorphologicalComponents) label matrices ...
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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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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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A code deal with Lists operation ---Needs optimizion

I have written some code to deal with lists, But the speed of the code is slow, Could Someone help me to speed up it? Probably could rewrite it with Functional Programming! Give me some ideas! The ...
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strange timing behavior

The following code is from a book about Mathematica. ...
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Speeding Up Replacing of Labels in Large Matrix?

I am Mathematica novice and am trying to find a fast way to replace labels in some rather large matrices (512x512 or 1024x1024) that have resulted from segmenting images with WatershedComponents or ...
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Example from Mathematica documentation (ExtremeValueDistribution) seems to be evualting “forever”

I am referring to this example at the reference page for the extreme value distribution: http://reference.wolfram.com/mathematica/ref/ExtremeValueDistribution.html#6764486 The first three commands ...
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Speeding up NDSolve for system of differential equations

I am wondering if there is a way to speed up this function that solves a system of ordinary differential equations with NDSolve? Thus far I've tried specifying a few different methods such as LSODA, ...
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Timing enclosed by Manipulate not working [closed]

Manipulate[Timing[Show[somegraphs[[1 ;; i]]]], {i, 1, 500, 1}] (in Mathematica 8) This is the last line of my function f[x_]:= Module[....]. I am trying to combine a list of graphs into a single ...
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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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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 ...