[SciPy-user] Reading laaaarge arrays

Jose Luis Gomez Dans josegomez at gmx.net
Wed Sep 22 12:06:23 CDT 2004

I have a list of essentially (x,y) data (two columns, 
in glorious ASCII), that I want to read into a scipy 
array. The most obvious thing to do is to use 
io.read_array(), but the files are quite large (up to 
0.5Gb), and thus, read_array is very slow.  
I remember someone mentioning this before, and 
suggesting a little function written in C, and usable 
from within scipy to do this efficiently, but I can't 
find it in the archives or in my mailbox. 
Can anyone suggest a way to do this? So far, I've 
been trying to read in a 72Mb file for 17 minutes 
with io.read_array(), and it's still going!!! 
Many thanks, 

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