I have a list of elements

list = {a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, i, j, k, l, ...}

I am trying to get successive differences with step s apart. For example, for $s=3$, I am trying to get {-a + d, -d + g, -g + j, ...}.

I started with diff = Differences[list, 1, 3] which gives {-a + d, -b + e, -c + f, -d + g, -e + h, -f + i, -g + j, -h + k, -i + l}. Then I apply Take[diff, {1, -1, 3}] which gives me my desired values.

Is there any way to optimise this code for larger lists?


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    $\begingroup$ I think Differences@list[[;; ;; 3]] is what you want. $\endgroup$
    – yode
    Jun 11 '16 at 5:48
  • $\begingroup$ @yode Thank you $\endgroup$
    – user12609
    Jun 11 '16 at 5:51
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    $\begingroup$ @yode, that's going to be hard to outdo, so I think you can post that as an answer. :) $\endgroup$ Jun 11 '16 at 6:00
  • $\begingroup$ @J.M. Done.. :) $\endgroup$
    – yode
    Jun 11 '16 at 6:05

I don't sure the OP appreciate this result.So I make it as a comment.Since the OP content with it,so I post it as a answer for reader.

list = CharacterRange["a", "z"]


Differences@list[[;; ;; 3]]



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