[Numpy-discussion] Faster np.triu_indices

Daniel Smith malorian at me.com
Sun Sep 1 18:38:02 EDT 2013

Hello all,
I was noticing that `np.triu_indices` took quite awhile and discovered it creates an upper triu array and then uses `np.where`. This seems quite inefficient and I was curious if something like the following would be better:

def fast_triu_indices(dim,k=0):

   tmp_range = np.arange(dim-k)
   rows = np.repeat(tmp_range,(tmp_range+1)[::-1])

   cols = np.ones(rows.shape[0],dtype=np.int)
   inds = np.cumsum(tmp_range[1:][::-1]+1)

   cols[0] = k
   return (rows,cols)

This is just a first run at the function, and unfortunately does not work for k<0. However, it does return the correct results for k>=0 and is between 2-8 faster on my machine then `np.triu_indices`. Any thoughts on this?


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