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Compress timing with different data types

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  • Subject: [mg97701] Compress timing with different data types
  • From: Yves Klett <yves.klett at>
  • Date: Thu, 19 Mar 2009 02:10:30 -0500 (EST)


I noticed that the speed of Compress is very much dependent on the type
of data that is compressed:

(*start*)data = RandomReal[{-1, 1}, {100, 10, 3}];

cdt = AbsoluteTiming[cd = Compress[data]][[1]];
udt = AbsoluteTiming[Uncompress[cd]][[1]];

lines = Line /@ data;
scale = ByteCount[lines]/ByteCount[data];
clt = AbsoluteTiming[cl = Compress[lines];][[1]]/scale;
cut = AbsoluteTiming[ul = Uncompress[cl];][[1]]/scale;

TableForm[{{"", "Coordinates", "Lines", "Factor"}, {"Compress", cdt,
   clt, clt/cdt}, {"Uncompress", udt, cut}}]

	Coordinates		Lines		Factor
Compress	0.0468738	2.6967411	57.5319
Uncompress	0.		0.	

So compressing an expression only containing lists and numbers is about
60 times faster than compressing an expression containing Line
statements. And the difference gets worse the larger the expression

On the other hand, Uncompress is not much affected...

Does anyone have experience and/or a workaround with that behaviour
(6.03 & 7.01 on WinXP)?


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