[SciPy-dev] Sorting speed

Travis Oliphant oliphant.travis at ieee.org
Fri Dec 30 19:21:24 CST 2005

Travis Oliphant wrote:

> >>> t1 = timeit.Timer('a.sort()', 'import numarray as na; a = 
> >>> t2 = timeit.Timer('a.sort()', 'import scipy as sc; a = 
> >>> t1.repeat(3,100)
>[0.26560115814208984, 0.25392889976501465, 0.25759387016296387]
> >>> t2.repeat(3,100)
>[0.66517782211303711, 0.6185309886932373, 0.65760207176208496]
>It could be that the 5x numbers were due to the copying of information 
>over to a new array.  But still, I think 3x leaves room for improvement 
>which no doubt specific (rather than generic) sorting algorithms would 
In the fixsort branch I've added the necessary tools to fix sort and 
argsort incrementally.   This means that there is a generic sort 
in-place which will be called and works if the compare method is defined. 

However, there are hooks for adding new sorting functions and if this 
type-specific sort is found it is called.  I just tested this on the 
example Francesc gave and the type-specific sorting function matches the 
speed of numarray.   It will not
be difficult to add more type-specific sorting functions.  


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