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Re: st: Mata slow?

From   Brendan Halpin <>
Subject   Re: st: Mata slow?
Date   Tue, 28 Nov 2006 23:17:16 +0000 (William Gould, Stata) writes:

> Brendan Halpin <> explained that the Mata code we have
> been discussing is to be called _N*(_N-1)/2 times, so speed is important.
> To refresh your memories, Brendan wrote code that ran in .03906 seconds, 
> which he noted was about 40 times slower than a plugin he wrote in C.
> I worked on the code on got the execution time down to .0228 seconds, 
> or about 22 times slower than the plugin.
> Motivated by Brendan's latest comment, I have now improved the program so that
> it runs in .003 seconds.  That's just 2 times slower than the plugin, and we
> have reduced the run time to just 7.5% of the original.

Many thanks for that! It really makes a difference. 

Brendan Halpin,  Department of Sociology,  University of Limerick,  Ireland
Tel: w +353-61-213147 f +353-61-202569 h +353-61-338562; Room F2-025 x 3147
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