[SciPy-user] Re: io.read_array slow

Arnd Baecker arnd.baecker at web.de
Wed Sep 28 08:06:37 CDT 2005

On Wed, 28 Sep 2005, Christian Kristukat wrote:

> Jordan H. Mantha wrote:
> > Christian Kristukat wrote:
> >
> >>Hi,
> >>I noticed that io.read_array is really slow compared to a python
> >>while/readline/split loop (about 5 times slower). I believe to remember
> >>that at some time it was written in C but when I looked at the source of
> >>scipy 0.3.2 it seems to be pure python. Is there a evident reason why it
> >>must be that slow or are there maybe plans to rewrite it in C?
> >>Regards,
> >>Christian
> >
> > I have noticed this too. I was wrote a fitting script that reads in a 3
> > column data file that has 502,000 rows. I first started with io.read_array
> > and it took > 10 min. to get the array in. I was reading "Python Scripting
> > for Computational Science" by Hans Petter Langtangen and used the
> > following:
> >
> > 	data = array([float(x) for x in infile.read().split()], Float)
> >         data.shape = (len(data)/3,3)
> >
> Nice short solution indeed. I think read_array could be cut down to something
> less versatile such that it can handle different separators and works at C speed.

You could also have a look at TableIO,



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