How to speed up this calculation?

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg37200] How to speed up this calculation?*From*: Cheng Liu <cliu at lanl.gov>*Date*: Wed, 16 Oct 2002 14:26:20 -0400 (EDT)*Sender*: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

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; points=Flatten[Transpose[Outer[List,Range[w],Range[h]]],1] Next, I need to find all the possible pairs of point including points themselves, i.e., pair AA. I can use pairs=Outer[List,points,points,1] 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. Sincerely Cheng ==================================================== 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 lanl.gov ====================================================