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Help with Speeding up a For loop

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  • Subject: [mg98881] Help with Speeding up a For loop
  • From: Adam Dally <adally at>
  • Date: Mon, 20 Apr 2009 19:13:25 -0400 (EDT)

I am using an Intel MacBook with OS X 10.5.6.

I am trying to create 2 lists: "Ideal" and "Resolution".  This is basically
a "Monte Carlo Integration" technique. Ideal should simulate the curve.
Resolution should simulate the curve convoluted with a normal distribution.
I want to do this for n=10 000 000 or more, but it takes far too long right
now. I can do n=100 000 in about 1 minute, but 1 000 000 takes more than an
hour. I haven't waited long enough for 10 000 000 to finish (it has been 5

Thank you,
Adam Dally

Here is the code:

ClearAll[E0, Eb1, m, DeltaE, Sigma, k, n, y3, Ideal, Resolution, i,
normalizer, maxE, minE]
Eb1 = 0; k = 0; n = 10000; E0 = 2470; m = 0.2; DeltaE = 50; Sigma = 5; maxE
= E0 - m; minE = E0 - DeltaE; Resolution = {Eb1}; Ideal = {Eb1};  (*Setup
all constants, lists and ranges*)

Eb1 = RandomReal[{minE, maxE}, n];  (*create a list of 'n' random Eb1
k = -RandomReal[TriangularDistribution[{-2470, 0}, -0.1], n]; (*create a
list of 'n' random k values; triangle distribution gives more successful

For[i = 0, i < n, i++,

 If[k[[i]] < Re[(E0 - Eb1[[i]])^2*Sqrt[1 - m^2/(E0 - Eb1[[i]])^2]], (*check
if the {k,Eb1} value is under the curve*)
     AppendTo[Ideal, Eb1[[i]]];  (*Keep events under curve in 'Ideal'*)
     y3 = Eb1[[i]]; (*cast element to a number*)
     Eb1[[i]] = RandomReal[NormalDistribution[y3, Sigma], 1]; (*choose a
random number from a normal distribution about that point*)
     AppendTo[Resolution, Eb1[[i]]]; ]] (*Keep that event in 'Resolution'*)

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