Performance of list vs. set equality operations
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Wed Apr 7 13:55:10 EDT 2010
> In other words: The more different elements two collections have, the
> faster it is to compare them as sets. And as a consequence, the more
> equivalent elements two collections have, the faster it is to compare
> them as lists.
> Is this correct?
If two collections are equal, then comparing them as a set is always
slower than comparing them as a list. Both have to call __eq__ for
every element, but sets have to search for each element while lists
can just iterate over consecutive pointers.
If the two collections have unequal sizes, then both ways immediately
If the two collections are unequal but have the same size, then
the comparison time is data dependent (when the first mismatch
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