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Re: st: Recode slow

From   Nick Winter <>
Subject   Re: st: Recode slow
Date   Fri, 28 Oct 2005 09:18:37 -0400

Just be sure to use the code 5 or 6 more times in the future and you are all set.


At 09:14 AM 10/28/2005, you wrote:

Brendan Halpin wrote:

> Is it normal that recode should be very slow with large numbers of
> "rules"? I find a recode statement with >400 value assignments adds
> something of the order of a minute to a job.
> N is moderately large (75k) but I wonder if recode is linear in N
> but non-linear in the number of rules or assignments.
> If so, any tips for efficiency? Break up the command into several
> smaller recodes? Ship out the equivalences to a lookup table and
> merge?

Just to follow myself up: I succumbed to that temptation described
by Douglas Adams as spending half a day coding something to save
thirty seconds, and switched the big recode to a lookup table.

In running time, the merge lookup (along with necessary sorts etc)
takes under 4 seconds (c 150k cases, >400 categories reassigned).
The recode version takes over 3 minutes to do the same.

So in fact I spent about half an hour to save about 2m55!

Brendan Halpin,  Department of Sociology,  University of Limerick,  Ireland
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