[SciPy-user] efficiently importing ascii data

Travis Oliphant oliphant at ee.byu.edu
Sun Nov 13 21:46:39 CST 2005


Darren Dale wrote:

>I am considering using scipy's fromfile function, which gives a big speed 
>boost over io.read_array, but I don't understand what this docstring is 
>trying to tell me:
>
>    WARNING: This function should be used sparingly, as it is not
>    a robust method of persistence.  But it can be useful to
>    read in simply-formatted or binary data quickly.
>  
>
It's simply trying to advertise that fromfile and tofile are very raw 
functions.   They should work fine as far as they go, but there may be 
easier solutions.  I don't expect the capability of these to increase.  
But, for example, something like a TableIO could take advantage of them.

-Travis



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