# Questions tagged [list-manipulation]

Questions on the manipulation of List objects in Mathematica, and the functions used for these manipulations.

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### How to thread a list

I have data in format data = {{a1, a2}, {b1, b2}, {c1, c2}, {d1, d2}} Tableform: I want to thread it to : ...
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### 3x+1 on arithmetic chains, tree pruning and NestList

Given the following function Collatz: ...
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### How to create a list of pre-defined functions?

I would like to create a list of Cauchy distribution pdf's, having different locations of their maxima, and being multiplied by different factors; then I'd like to calculate those functions' values ...
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### How to visualize/edit a big matrix as a table?

Is it possible to visualize/edit a big matrix as a table ? I often end up exporting/copying big tables to Excel for seeing them, but I would prefer to stay in Mathematica and have a similar view as in ...
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### How to apply or map a list of functions to a list of data?

Say I have a group of functions: f1[a_] := a * -1; f2[a_] := a * 100; f3[a_] := a / 10.0; and some data in a list: ...
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### Handling vector comparisons in "Piecewise" function

Is it possible for the Piecewise function to process a vector comparison? For example, my input vector is x={0,1,2,3,4} I would like to define a function that ...
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### Issues with a Counter that is tallying term appearances

I am working with an array of textfiles, trying to see how frequent certain terms are. However, I am running into some difficulty with my running counts of bigram frequency. Here is a snippet of my ...
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### Transpose uneven lists

Is there a quick method to transpose uneven lists without conditionals? With: Drop[Table[q, {10}], #] & /@ Range[10] Thus the first list would have the ...
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### Modifying a List in a function in place [duplicate]

An example will be most specific: func[list_, column_] := list[[All, column]] = Map[#*2 &, list[[All, column]]]; This throws errors. I want to avoid doing ...
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### Sequentially numbering a nested list

I've got a nested list {a, b, {c, d}, e, {f, {g, h}}} which I want to magically transmogrify to ...
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### What is a Mathematica packed array?

A simple sounding question with a few sub questions: What is the difference between unpacked vs packed array? Are packed arrays more space efficent, how much so? Are packed arrays more time ...
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### Why can't NumberQ be used as the head of a pattern?

Consider the following: list={1/First[{}], 1, 2, 1/First[{}], 3}; DeleteCases[list,_NumberQ] I wanted to remove all cases, which did not match ...
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### How to "ignore" an element of Map or MapIndexed

Say I have some function that I'm applying every element in a list to... if that element matches some criteria: ...
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### Conditional Gathering of lists

Just need a little help with the GatherBy / SplitBy function(s). I have a list of random numbers here: ...
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### Setting parts of a list

Suppose I have list a = Range[10] {1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10} in which I want to set some elements to be a list ...
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### MapThread on a nested Map

A simple problem I am facing is here: ...
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### Path queries for tree-structured data

Can anyone suggest documentation or tutorials for developing path queries and indices for (XML-like) tree-structured data? Suppose data is organized hierarchically in key->value pairs, eg: ...
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### variable sized lists and using lists as variables

I am trying to scan a parameter space of varying numbers of parameters subject to some constraints (I am interested in any number of constraints just out of curiosity, but in reality no more than 2 ...
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### How do I treat elements in a list as variables inside a module?

I want to be able to assign values to a list element inside a module. For example if I have: ...
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I have a ragged list ragged = {{a,b,c,d,e},{x,y,z}} that I would like to trim (on the right) to be rectangular. The desired result is ...
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### Simple algorithm to find cycles in edge list

I have the edge list of an undirected graph which consists of disjoint "cycles" only. Example: {{1, 2}, {2, 3}, {3, 4}, {4, 1}, {5, 6}, {6, 7}, {7, 5}} Each ...
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### Equating matrices (or higher order tensors) element-wise

Say I have two matrices (or, as in my case, higher order tensors) $A,B$, and I want to solve the equation $A=B$. To do so , I need a list of equations that equate entry-wise the elements of $A$ and $B$...
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### extract values from replacement list

Solve returns a list of replacement rules In: Solve[x + y == 3 && x - y == 6, {x, y}] Out: {{x -> 9/2, y -> -(3/2)}} I am only interested in the ...
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### Constructing a list that includes a leading zero (01,02,03 ... 55, 56, etc.)

I am constructing a list for use in file operations. Say I want to create list which contains values from 01 to 87. The kicker is that the first nine integers need ...
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### Mathematica: finding min/max in list

I have a list of coordinates like this one: {{x1,y1},{x2,y2},{x3,y3},...,{xn,yn}} I need to get the minimum and the maximum of all x-values and the minimum and ...
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### Operate on several lists to create one list

How do you put corresponding values from different lists together according to some operation? E.g. I have three lists giving the velocity in the x, y and z direction respectively. I'd like create ...
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### Extracting values from nested rules in JSON data

I have been using Mathematica to analyse some data from the StackExchange API. It is conveniently available in JSON form, which Mathematica interprets as replacement rules. However, some of the rules ...
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### Why does MatrixForm affect calculations?

This is a really newbie question, but it has me confused. Why does this code work without // MatrixForm and doesn't work with ...
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### From a list to a list of rules

Starting from these two lists, var = {a, b, c} values = {{1, 2, 3}, {4, 5, 6}, {7, 8 , 9}} how can I generate a list of rules? ...
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### Elegant operations on matrix rows and columns

Question The Mathematica tutorial has a section 'Basic Matrix Operations', describing operations like transpose, inverse and determinant. These operations all work on entire matrices. I am missing a ...
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### Partition a set into subsets of size $k$

Given a set $\{a_1,a_2,\dots,a_{lk}\}$ and a positive integer $l$, how can I find all the partitions which includes subsets of size $l$ in Mathematica? For instance, given ...
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### How can the {x,y,z} points that fall on the outer boundary of a set of values be selected and smoothly surfaced?

For a given set of x,y,z values, that may, or may not form a uniform shape, how can the center of the data cloud be found, and the surface points be located and a solid smooth surface created from ...
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### Creating Lists From Loops

Consider the following: lists = Import["G:/Notebooks/Lists.csv"]; col7 = lists [[All, 7]]; For[i=0,i<101,i++,Print[Count[col7,i]]] This will get a 100 cells ...
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### Fill out blanks with a upcoming number in a list?

I have a bunch of arrays looking like this: {"", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "...
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### n-fold symbolic integral in Mathematica

I am trying to compute symbolically a n-fold integral (n is a parameter of a function) over, say, the cube [0,a]^n. My code looks like this ...
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### What's the most intelligent way to store the information of a selfmade graph?

I have a very long list of element, say $a1,a2, a3$,..., and they are all connected in that each is the child of many parents. E.g. $a74$ is associated with $a2,a55,a71$, and also contains information,...
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### Defining a string based sort function

I'm having a bit of trouble figuring out the right Sort syntax to use on a list of lists. Consider the following list: ...
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### Does Mathematica have advanced indexing?

I have two $M \times K$ arrays $L, T$ where I would like to set all the elements in $L$ to zero whenever the corresponding element of $T$ is greater than 15. The ...
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### How can I multiply matrix and vector element wise like Numpy?

I have an $M \times K$ matrix $C$ and a length $K$ vector $v$. I want to form the $M \times K$ matrix $S$ where $s_{ij} = C_{ij}/v_j$. To do this in numpy I simply divide the two objects like this <...
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### Deleting parts of a large list

At present I am running an analysis on economic data. Within the data I was able to identify countries which went through recession. I then calculated for example the average decline rate of GDP ...
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### Are there advantages to using additional arguments of common functions rather than alternative ways of calculating with lists?

(Apologies for the long question title.) One of the interesting, if sometimes confusing, things about Mathematica is that there is always more than one way to do things. Even intermediate users can ...
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### Clustering of space-time data

Below is an example of a gaze sequence I recorded during a 3 seconds display. That is, where the eye was at every millisecond. While we should have 3000 points, we are missing some due to blinking. ...
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### How to efficiently Append a result of an operation on each element of a list to itself

I'm looking for the best function to apply the product of the last two elements of sublist elements to each element: Example: ...
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### Efficiently Visualising Very Large Data Sets (without running out of memory)

I have put a few really hard problems in combinatorics up against Mathematica 8. I'd have to say that it works really well, until you want to view the data. If you look at my question Advanced ...
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### Count number of sublists with a total not greater than a given max

Suppose I have a list of positive integers: data={1, 1, 2, 3, 3, 3, 5, 5, 5, 7, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 10, 12, 16, 23} I want to count the number of subsets up to ...
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### What is the right way to rotate an array?

Suppose I have an array, not necessarily square: a = $\left( \begin{array}{ccc} 1 & 2 & 3 \\ 4 & 5 & 6 \\ 7 & 8 & 9 \end{array} \right)$ I want to rotate it like one ...
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### Conditional Data Selection, efficiency

Building up on the solution proposed here : Simplifying nested If statements You can find here the data set : allGazes.dat ...
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### How to distinguish between lists and values?

I have a (hopefully small) problem with some numerical integration algorithm, more specifically I want to integrate the imaginary part of a complex valued function, e.g. ...
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