[Numpy-discussion] matrix multiplication

Keith Goodman kwgoodman at gmail.com
Fri Jun 5 18:54:20 EDT 2009

On Fri, Jun 5, 2009 at 3:02 PM, Alan G Isaac <aisaac at american.edu> wrote:
> I think something close to this would be possible:
> add dot as an array method.
>        A .dot(B) .dot(C)
> is not as pretty as
>        A * B * C
> but it is much better than
>        np.dot(np.dot(A,B),C)

I've noticed that x.sum() is faster than sum(x)

>> x = np.array([1,2,3])
>> timeit x.sum()
100000 loops, best of 3: 3.01 µs per loop
>> from numpy import sum
>> timeit sum(x)
100000 loops, best of 3: 4.84 µs per loop

Would the same be true of dot? That is, would x.dot(y) be faster than
dot(x,y)? Or is it just that np.sum() has to go through some extra
python code before it hits the C code?

In general, if I'm trying to speed up an inner loop, I try to replace
func(x) with x.func(). But I don't really understand the general
principle at work here.

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