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Re: Slow Import version 4

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  • Subject: [mg18106] Re: Slow Import version 4
  • From: Jens-Peer Kuska <kuska at>
  • Date: Thu, 17 Jun 1999 12:26:41 -0400
  • Organization: Universitaet Leipzig
  • References: <7k4osl$>
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Hi Mark,

I have no Windows here but is it so slow also in a second call ?
I think the Import/Export is done by MathLink programs. The program
must be called for the first evaluation. The second call will not
search the harddisk and start the program again.


Mark Fisher wrote:
> I am puzzled by the slowness of Importing a "Table" of data in Version
> 4.
> Export["mat.dat", Table[Random[], {100},{100}]
> Timing[Import["mat.dat"];]
> Timing[ReadList["mat.dat", Number, RecordLists->True];]
> The Timing for Import is 43.89 Second, while for ReadList it's only 0.71
> Second. Any ideas as to what's going on here? (BTW, I'm using Win98.)
> --Mark.

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