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Topic: Optimizing For loop statement
Replies: 1   Last Post: Feb 22, 2013 1:05 AM

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 David Bailey Posts: 714 Registered: 11/7/08
Re: Optimizing For loop statement
Posted: Feb 22, 2013 1:05 AM

On 21/02/2013 03:26, tarpanelli@libero.it wrote:
> Hello, here below you can find a piece of Mathematica code:
> ...
> For[i=3,i<=n,i++,
> s=sigma[a,b,c]
> vol=ReplacePart[vol,{{i,1}->x[[i]],{i,2}->s}];
> Clear[b];
> b=Interpolation[vol];
> ];
>
> where sigma is a module which take as input parameters two scalars (a,c) and one interpolating function (b).
> What I need is to update the data (vol), on which the interpolating function is built, according to the new result of the module sigma which takes, itsself, the interpolating function as input parameter.
>
> I see that the For loop statement is really time-consuming, and I would like to know if it is possible to ptimize it.
> thanks a lot
> Paolo
>
>

People will tell you not to use For because it is slower than using
functional constructs, but that is not the main problem here. You don't
want to use ReplacePart to update vol, use something like:

vol[[i]]={x[[i]],s};

Also, you don't need to Clear b before giving it a value! Clearing could
well be expensive too.

David Bailey
http://www.dbaileyconsultancy.co.uk

Date Subject Author
2/20/13 Paolo Tarpanelli
2/22/13 David Bailey