Re: Is there any efficient easy way to compare two lists with the same length with Mathematica?

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• Subject: [mg124429] Re: Is there any efficient easy way to compare two lists with the same length with Mathematica?
• From: Armand Tamzarian <mike.honeychurch at gmail.com>
• Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2012 05:13:04 -0500 (EST)
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```On Jan 18, 9:58 pm, Andy Ross <an... at wolfram.com> wrote:
> On 1/17/2012 2:34 AM, Rex wrote:
>
> > Given two lists `A={a1,a2,a3,...an}` and `B={b1,b2,b3,...bn}`, I would
> > say `A>=B` if and only if all `ai>=bi`.
>
> > There is a built-in logical comparison of two lists, `A==B`, but no
> > `A>B`.
> > Do we need to compare each element like this
>
> > And@@Table[A[[i]]>=B[[i]],{i,n}]
>
> > Any better tricks to do this?
>
> If the vectors are very long and there isn't a good reason to expect
> that most false cases will occur early you might consider UnitStep.
>
> a=RandomReal[{0,1},10^6];
> b=a+1;
> c=RandomReal[{0,1},10^6];
>
> Out[311]= {0.858011,True}
>
> In[312]:= Total[UnitStep[b-a]]==Length[b]//AbsoluteTiming
> Out[312]= {0.046801,True}
>
> Out[313]= {0.858011,False}
>
> In[314]:= Total[UnitStep[c-a]]==Length[c]//AbsoluteTiming
> Out[314]= {0.046801,False}
>
> Andy Ross
> Wolfram Research

Min[UnitStep[c - a]] == 1

and

Min[Sign[c - a]] == 1

are also pretty quick.

Mike

```

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