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Re: Faster Statistics for Discrete Data

by rinceWind (Monsignor)
on Feb 22, 2002 at 10:24 UTC ( #146919=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Faster Statistics for Discrete Data

Couldn't you just tie the array and use the original package? Something like Tie::MmapArray could be used to map your array to a disk file.
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(RhetTbull) Re: Re: Faster Statistics for Discrete Data
by RhetTbull (Curate) on Feb 23, 2002 at 18:12 UTC
    Actually, tying to a file has some drawbacks. Foremost of which is that you have to have a file to tie to. I often pipe in data from another program or read in the data from a database. A tied file approach would require the overhead of writing to disk and reading back. Also, some statistics (such as median) require the data to be in sorted order -- that means you'd have to sort the file in memory or sort and write to disk again which defeats the purpose. The approach I used gets around all of those limitations -- you don't need an intermediate file and you don't have to sort the original data points.

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