Integer From A Float List?!?

Kent Johnson kent37 at
Sat Mar 5 14:04:44 CET 2005

andrea_gavana at wrote:
> Hello NG,
>     sorry to bother you again with this question... I never used the "timeit"
> function, and I would like to ask you if the call I am doing is correct:
> C:\Python23\Lib>python -n 1000 -s "from Numeric import ones" -s
>  "floa
> ts=ones((1000,1),'f')" -s "ints = floats.astype(int)"
> 1000 loops, best of 3: 0.0536 usec per loop

The -s option indicates Setup steps that are done outside the timing loop. So you have timed 1000 
empty loops, which is indeed impressively fast :-)

The correct command is
C:\Python23\Lib>python23 -n 1000 -s "from Numeric import ones" -s 
"floats=ones((1000,1),'f')"  "ints = floats.astype(int)"
1000 loops, best of 3: 30.7 usec per loop

which is still impressively fast compared to map:

C:\Python23\Lib>python -s "floats = map(float, range(1000))" "ints= map(int, floats)"
1000 loops, best of 3: 572 usec per loop


> I used Numeric module to create a 1000 floats matrix of ones, and it seems
> to me that is a lot faster than other solutions... but probably I am doing
> something wrong in my call to the timeit function...
> Thank you a lot.
> Andrea.

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