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Re: Timing of looping operators

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  • Subject: [mg62425] Re: [mg62416] Timing of looping operators
  • From: Pratik Desai <pdesai1 at>
  • Date: Thu, 24 Nov 2005 06:33:23 -0500 (EST)
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dh wrote:

>The Mathematica gospel tells you that you should NOT use loops because 
>it is inefficient.
>Well consider the following examples and their times:
>a)  Timing[fun & /@ d;]       needs 0.8 sec
>b)  Timing[Scan[fun, d]]      needs 1 second
>c)  Timing[Do[f[i], {i, n}];] needs 0.7 sec
>a) applies the function and creates a new list. b) does not create a new 
>list -- but it is slower! And finally c) the loop is fastest!!!
>If you change the function to: f[x_]:=x^2, the times are even more striking:
>0.8, 2.4, 0.7
>it seems like in a and c the function evaluation takes negliable time 
>compared to the loop construct, but not so in b.
>has anybody an explanation???
Looking at your expression, one can just use table alone


>>{0.06 Second, Null}

In mathematica, IMHO, table is the primary loop construct

Hope this helps

Pratik .

Pratik Desai
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Department of Mechanical Engineering
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