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solve question/simplify question

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  • Subject: [mg55494] solve question/simplify question
  • From: Paul Schneider <paulibaer at>
  • Date: Sat, 26 Mar 2005 02:39:24 -0500 (EST)
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I have a list called equns of linear equations which are independent of 
each other. The according variables are in a list called params. I solve 
the equations into a list called sol using

sol = Solve[equns, params];

Can I expect the solution procedure to be faster or in favor of memory 
usage if I iterate through the elements of the lists and solve for each 
equation separately? Same question goes for Simplify.

I don't want to try and find out myself because I have noticed big 
differences in running times with Mathematica and I am not sure how to 
test for improved speed. The equations are enormous and I don't know in 
advance how they look like, so I can't use the linear algebra routines.

My second question goes to memory management. Even though I have lots of 
memory it gets maxed out pretty quickly when I use Simplify, or 
FullSimplify on the solutions of those huge equations. So I tried to get 
rid of expressinos that are not needed anymore by

var = .

as is proposed in the help files. I also tried Share[ ]. But it doesn't 
seem to do anything. How can I improve this situation.

Thank you,


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