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Direct Memory Replacing in Array

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  • Subject: [mg46823] Direct Memory Replacing in Array
  • From: jeremytfox at yahoo.com (Jeremy Fox)
  • Date: Tue, 9 Mar 2004 04:31:13 -0500 (EST)
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

The Mathematica syntax 

mat = ReplacePart[mat,new,index]

is clean. However, it probably involves a complete replacing of the
entire, old mat with the entire new mat, in memory. This operation is
expensive if the user is interested in changing only a small part of a
large array mat.

Is there a way to change small numbers of elements in an array without
requiring the other elements to be copied again? This is how low-level
languages such a C and Fortran work.

Jeremy


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