[R] object size of a matrix and a list
Kyeongmi Cheon
katie.cheon at gmail.com
Thu Mar 19 03:14:41 CET 2009
Hello,
My program calculates several variables at each iteration and some of them are
integers and the rest are numeric. When I save them into a matrix, all of them
are of numeric type, of course.
I'm trying to find a way to save time/memory of my program and I was thinking
that it might help to force some variables to be of integer type and the other
columns numeric type.
But when I actually tried it, I found it contrary. A list that has mixtures of
integers and doubles are larger in size than a matrix that has only doubles. Do
lists always take up more space than matrices if they have the same/similar
variables? I just want to know it for the sake of efficiency. Thank
you for your time.
Kyeongmi
My short test program is here:
#matrix
beta.mat <- matrix(0,nr=5, nc=2)
for (i in 1:5){
beta.mat[i,] <- c(i,i*10.0)
}
#list
gamma.mat <- list()
for (i in 1:5){
gamma.mat$aa[i] <- i
gamma.mat$bb[i] <- i*10.0
}
object.size(beta.mat) #240
object.size(gamma.mat) #312
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