[Numpy-discussion] histogramdd memory needs

David Huard david.huard@gmail....
Fri Feb 1 09:08:19 CST 2008

Hi Lars,


2008/2/1, Lars Friedrich <lfriedri@imtek.de>:
> 1) How can I tell histogramdd to use another dtype than float64? My bins
> will be very little populated so an int16 should be sufficient. Without
> normalization, a Integer dtype makes more sense to me.

There is no way you'll be able to ask that without tweaking the histogramdd
function yourself.  The relevant bit of code is the instantiation of hist :

hist = zeros(nbin.prod(), float)

2) Is there a way to use another algorithm (at the cost of performance)
> that uses less memory during calculation so that I can generate bigger
> histograms?

You could work through your array block by block. Simply fix the range and
generate an histogram for each slice of 100k data and sum them up at the

The current histogram and histogramdd implementation has the advantage of
being general, that is you can work with uniform or non-uniform bins, but it
is not particularly efficient, at least for large number of bins (>30).



My numpy version is '1.0.4.dev3937'
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> Lars
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