How to sort very large arrays?
tjreedy at udel.edu
Sat Jun 14 00:29:42 CEST 2008
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| I'm downloading some very large tables from a remote site. I want
| to sort these tables in a particular way before saving them to
| disk. In the past I found that the most efficient way to do this
| was to piggy-back on Unix's highly optimized sort command. So,
If the tables can fit in memory as a list of key,text tuples and if they
have some of the non-random structure exploited by Python's current
list.sort (only documented, as far as I know, either in the source or test
code, not sure), then you might consider that. Otherwise, use the system
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