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"Marcos E. Wurzius" <> wrote Tue, 29 Jan 2002:

>I have a table: 
>t={ 1,2,3,4,...9999,10000; a="new", b="old"}
>Which is the best and faster way to clean 
>the lfieldlist "[1]...[10000]" from the table?
>I do:
>for i=1,getn(t) do tremove(t,i) end
>but it's very slow.

Apart from the other suggested solutions, you should remove array elements

  for i = 1, getn(t) do tremove(t, getn(t)) end

or, better and faster:

  for i = 1, getn(t) do tremove(t) end

The difference in running time *is* significant: adding or removing from
the beginning of an array appears to run in O(n) time, while acting on the
end of the array seems to run in constant time (disclaimer: just my
hurriedly-run tests). 
So your loop takes O(n^2) time if run forwards, O(n) time if run backwards;
on my machine, for 10000 elements I get approx. 12 seconds against 0.05