Re: Challenge: Fastest method to convert positive integers to 1 in a long list

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• Subject: [mg52174] Re: [mg52172] Challenge: Fastest method to convert positive integers to 1 in a long list
• From: Andrzej Kozlowski <akoz at mimuw.edu.pl>
• Date: Sun, 14 Nov 2004 04:30:10 -0500 (EST)
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```On 13 Nov 2004, at 18:40, Carl K. Woll wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> Inspired by the recent thread on counting runs, I have the following
> challenge. Come up with a method to convert all the positive integers
> in a
> long sequence of nonnegative integers to 1, so that the sequence
> consists of
> only 0s and 1s. Let the sequence be given by
>
> seq = Table[Random[Integer, 10], {10^6}];
>
> Then, one technique is
>
> newseq = 1+Quotient[#,#+1,1]&@seq;
>
> Can anyone do better?
>
> Carl Woll
>
>
>
This seems to be very much faster:

newseq = Sign[seq];

Andrzej Kozlowski
Chiba, Japan
http://www.akikoz.net/~andrzej/
http://www.mimuw.edu.pl/~akoz/

```

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