Python is slow?

sturlamolden sturlamolden at
Tue Sep 23 20:07:22 CEST 2008

On Sep 23, 3:44 pm, Robert Singer <rsinger at> wrote:

> Well, python is not a number crunching language. However much we would
> like it to be (we would ? :-).

> No scripting language is.

Not even Matlab, R, IDL, Octave, SciLab, S-PLUS or Mathematica?

> Before resorting to rewriting the problem try psyco. It speeds up
> things sometimes.

I did, Psyco did not help.

> Also, (I'm not that familiar with python yet, so I don't know how to
> do it in python), try finding the bottlenecks of your calculation.

I did use a profiler, there is no particular single bottle-neck.

> Well, personally, I try to combine fortran (being a fortran programmer
> by trade) with python

Good compilers are too expensive, and gfortran is not good enough yet.

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