# performance of apply

Peter Dalgaard BSA p.dalgaard@biostat.ku.dk
29 May 1998 18:04:30 +0200

Luke Tierney <luke@stat.umn.edu> writes:

> > > That is, the computation of the sums of the rows of a 10000x10 matrix
> > > with apply takes about 100sec on average, where a simple for-loop does
> > > the same job in about 2sec.
>
> It looks like M1 and M3 are O(n^2) but M1 is O(n). I see where that
> comes from in M3, but it surprises me for M1.

Oh, dear. Looking at apply, we have right in the middle of it:

for (i in 1:d2) ans[[i]] <- FUN(array(newX[, i], d.call,
dn.call), ...)

Assignment to the tail of a very long list...

I think I'm beginning to understand why Ross keeps talking about
generic vectors. Either that or we need to add some low-level list
primitives to the language.

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