[Numpy-discussion] seeking advice on a fast string->array conversion

william ratcliff william.ratcliff@gmail....
Tue Nov 16 08:26:10 CST 2010

I do use spec when I have synchotron experiments.  But why are your files so
On Nov 16, 2010 9:20 AM, "Darren Dale" <dsdale24@gmail.com> wrote:
> I am wrapping up a small package to parse a particular ascii-encoded
> file format generated by a program we use heavily here at the lab. (In
> the unlikely event that you work at a synchrotron, and use Certified
> Scientific's "spec" program, and are actually interested, the code is
> currently available at
> https://github.com/darrendale/praxes/tree/specformat/praxes/io/spec/
> .)
> I have been benchmarking the project against another python package
> developed by a colleague, which is an extension module written in pure
> C. My python/cython project takes about twice as long to parse and
> index a file (~0.8 seconds for 100MB), which is acceptable. However,
> actually converting ascii strings to numpy arrays, which is done using
> numpy.fromstring, takes a factor of 10 longer than the extension
> module. So I am wondering about the performance of np.fromstring:
> import time
> import numpy as np
> s = b'1 ' * 2048 *1200
> d = time.time()
> x = np.fromstring(s)
> print time.time() - d
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