# why scipy cause my program slow?

HYRY zhangry at feng.co.jp
Tue Jan 16 09:12:04 CET 2007

```Why the exec time of test(readdata()) and test(randomdata()) of
following program is different?
my test file 150Hz10dB.wav has 2586024 samples, so I set randomdata
function
to return a list with 2586024 samples.
the exec result is:
2586024
<type 'list'>
10.8603842736
2586024
<type 'list'>
2.16525233979
test(randomdata()) is 5x faster than test(readdata())
if I remove "from scipy import *" then I get the following result:
2586024
<type 'list'>
2.21851601473
2586024
<type 'list'>
2.13885042216

So, what the problem with scipy?
Python 2.4.2, scipy ver. 0.5.1

import wave
from scipy import *
from time import *
import random
from array import array

f = wave.open("150Hz10dB.wav", "rb")
t = f.getparams()
SampleRate = t[2]
f.close()
left = data[0::2]
mean = sum(left)/float(len(left))
left = [abs(x-mean) for x in left]
return left

def randomdata():
return  [random.random()*32768.0 for i in xrange(2586024)]

def test(data):
print len(data)
print type(data)
envelop = []
e = 0.0
ga, gr = 0.977579425259, 0.999773268338
ga1, gr1 = 1.0 - ga, 1.0 - gr
start = clock()
for x in data:
if e < x:
e *= ga
e += ga1*x
else:
e *= gr
e += gr1*x
envelop.append(e)
print clock() - start
return envelop