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How to speed up this calculation?

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  • Subject: [mg37200] How to speed up this calculation?
  • From: Cheng Liu <cliu at>
  • Date: Wed, 16 Oct 2002 14:26:20 -0400 (EDT)
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

Dear group,

         I have the following question regarding a lengthy calculation 
using Mathematica:

For given w points in x direction and h points in y direction, I can 
construct all the points using

         h=10; w=8;

Next, I need to find all the possible pairs of point including points 
themselves, i.e., pair AA.  I can use


Then, I have to clear those pairs that repeat themselves, i.e., pair AB and 
pair BA.  Also, when w and h are of the order of 1000s, the computation 
takes a very long time.  Is there a better way of doing the second part of 
the computation?  Thanks in advance.



Cheng Liu, Ph.D.
MST-8, Structure/Property Relations
Materials Science and Technology Division
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Los Alamos, New Mexico 87545

Phone: 505-665-6892 (office), 505-667-9950 (lab)
Fax:   505-667-8021
email: cliu at

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