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Re: List concatenation speed

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  • Subject: [mg87617] Re: List concatenation speed
  • From: dh <dh at>
  • Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2008 05:46:21 -0400 (EDT)
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Hi Carlos,

with Append & Co. every time you add a new element, the whole list is 

copied. To prevent this, you may build a nested list like e.g.:


instead of using Append. Finally you may Flatten the list: Flatten[poly].

hope this helps, Daniel

carlos at wrote:

> I am building mesh plots that require concatenation of thousands of

> Graphics objects into one list for Show[].  This is done by appending

> objects as they are created, and there are several ways to do that.

> Tested 3 of them for speed using a simple object:


>      p=Table[x,{50}]; n=10000;

>      ClearAll[poly]; poly={};

>      Print[Timing[Do[AppendTo[poly,p],{i,1,n}]]];

>      ClearAll[poly]; poly={};

>      Print[Timing[Do[poly=Append[poly,p],{i,1,n}]]];

>      ClearAll[poly]; poly={};

>      Print[Timing[Do[poly=Join[poly,{p}],{i,1,n}]]];


> {5.8395 Second,Null}

> {5.7206 Second,Null}

> {6.29728 Second,Null}


> Tests were run on version 5.2 on a G5 desktop Mac. I expected Join to

> win,

> but it didnt.  Is there a faster way?


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