[SciPy-dev] removing lil_eye() and lil_diags()

Stéfan van der Walt stefan@sun.ac...
Wed Jul 23 04:10:01 CDT 2008

2008/7/23 Nathan Bell <wnbell@gmail.com>:
> Although the conversion to LIL from DIA goes DIA->COO->CSR->LIL,  the
> overall cost is still comparable.  For instance, the cost of A =
> sparse.eye(10000, 10000, format='dia') is 0.130 ms and the breakdown
> of cost for converting A from DIA to LIL is as follows:
>  1.590 ms DIA->COO
>  0.636 ms COO->CSR
> 50.100 ms CSR->LIL
> The full process, i.e. eye(10000, 10000, format='lil'), takes about 52 ms.
> On the other hand, your version of lil_eye()  [1], which exploits
> properties of the LIL format, requires only 32.3 ms.

That's not too bad.  The code that was in `lil_diag` can probably be
adapted quite easily to do DIA->LIL directly, if that ever became

> Since the DIA->LIL conversion is not significantly slower, I would
> prefer that we rely on format conversion here.  The additional time
> spent making special-purpose implementations for LIL and DOK is
> probably better spent improving the conversions between sparse
> formats.  Then, if the implementation of the LIL format changes, there
> will only be a few places (e.g. csr_matrix.tolil() ) that require
> modification.

Agreed; that's a significant advantage.


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