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Memory usage

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  • Subject: [mg53602] Memory usage
  • From: "Bruyndonckx P." <pbruynd at>
  • Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2005 03:47:42 -0500 (EST)
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

I am trying to use mathematica to analyse large data sets but I always run 
into memory problems

I read a set of 16220656 Integer32 numbers from a file.  Mathematica 
stores these numbers efficiently in a packed array which consumes 
16220656*4=64882680  bytes.  I want to divide the list whenever the number 
is 0 using the Split command. However, this process take 316 Mbyte of 
memory (difference between MemoryInUse before and after the Split 

Could somebody explain why Mathematica is using such a large amount of 
memory and how to avoid this ?  Is there a good reference on the topic of 
memory efficient programming in Mathematica ?


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