Q: What does "Sparse is better than dense" mean? (Python Zen)

Robin Becker robin at jessikat.fsnet.co.uk
Sat Jul 13 05:10:07 EDT 2002

..... nonsense is of course in the eye of the beholder

Beautiful lies are not better than ugly truths.

Explicit nonsense is not better than implicit sense.

Simple failure is not better than complex success.

Complex failure is not better than complicated success.

Flat cats are not better than nested birds.

Sparse matrix algorithms are not better than dense matrix algorithms.

Readability of rubbish does not count.

Special cases are exactly the ones that break the rules.

etc etc etc
Robin Becker

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