[SciPy-dev] matlab5 sparse IO

Nathan Bell wnbell@gmail....
Wed Jan 2 17:34:45 CST 2008

First let me thank those who have contributed to MATLAB IO in scipy.

I noticed that the Matlab4 sparse writer was a little slow, so I sped
it up using the coo_matrix format.  Anyway, I was going to do the same
for the Matlab5 writer, but it seems to be broken.  It appears that
the V5 code was a copy/paste of the V4 method, which it shouldn't be.

Looking at the V5 sparse reader:
suggests that the CSC format should be used when writing, but the
present code - even if it worked properly - appears to be writing out
a triplet format (as is done in V4).

I don't fully understand all the magic in the matlab IO code, but I'd
be happy to help whomever maintains it in adding sparse V5 support.

Here's a simple test that currently fails:

from scipy import *
from scipy.sparse import *
from scipy.io import *
from numpy.testing import *

A = csr_matrix([[1.0,0.0,2.0],[0,-3.5,0]])
savemat('test4.mat', { 'A': A }, format='4')
A4 = loadmat('test4.mat')['A']

savemat('test5.mat', { 'A': A }, format='5')
A5 = loadmat('test5.mat')['A']

Note that the failure in savemat(... format='5') is currently just a
typo (N is used as a variable and for numpy), but I think there are
more fundamental issues as well.

Nathan Bell wnbell@gmail.com

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