large arrays in python (scientific)
jason at jorendorff.com
Fri Jan 11 17:02:16 CET 2002
> I'm still curious how python is storing the data in memory,
> it'll help me predict memory requirements for constructs.
Oh, it's terrible. Each float is a heap-allocated object;
then each tuple is another heap-allocated object containing
pointers to the objects it contains.
I was surprised that SciPy requests the input data in that form.
Numeric does have an efficient array type, after all...
> Jason, thanks for the tip on generators, and the example code.
Sure thing. I'm a generator fan, and always pleased to find a
real-world use for them. :-)
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