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Re: Setting Negatives to Zero

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  • Subject: [mg82915] Re: Setting Negatives to Zero
  • From: "Kevin J. McCann" <Kevin.McCann at>
  • Date: Sat, 3 Nov 2007 03:26:01 -0500 (EST)
  • Organization: University System of Maryland
  • References: <fg6qha$dj0$> <> <fgenme$g0m$>

What makes Clip[] fast?


Carl Woll wrote:
> Ray Koopman wrote:
>> On Oct 30, 1:38 am, "Kevin J. McCann" <Kevin.McC... at> wrote:
>>> I have a very large data set (64000 x 583) in which negative values
>>> indicate "no data", unfortunately these negatives are not all the same.
>>> I would like to efficiently set all these negatives to zero.
>> With 10% of data missing,  data*UnitStep[data]
>> is about twice as fast as  data/._?Negative->0
>> for real data, and about 30 times as fast for integer data.
> The reason data*UnitStep[data] is slow for real data is because real * 1 
> is a real number, while real * 0 is an integer. If UnitStep[data] has a 
> mixture of 0s and 1s, then unpacking of packed arrays will occur when 
> evaluating data*UnitStep[data]. To avoid this unpacking you could use 
> data*N[UnitStep[data]], which will be much faster, although not as fast 
> as using Clip.
> Carl Woll
> Wolfram Research


Kevin J. McCann
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University of Maryland, Baltimore County
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