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From Phil Steitz <>
Subject Re: [Math] MATH-894
Date Thu, 15 Nov 2012 18:42:03 GMT
On 11/15/12 10:29 AM, Ted Dunning wrote:
> On Thu, Nov 15, 2012 at 10:04 AM, Phil Steitz <> wrote:
>> Do you know how to do that with a primitive array?  Can you provide
>> some sample code?
> You don't.  See my next paragraph.
> See the assign method in this class:

Interesting.  I see no assign method, but I can see what this thing
does.  It is not clear to me though how this idea could be
meaningfully applied to solve the problem we have with applying
statistics to an RDA without doing any array copying.   Most likely
I am missing the point.

>> Thanks for your help on this.
>> Phil
>>> The Colt/Mahout approach is to define a view object which opaquely
>>> remembers a reference to the original, an offset and a length.  Functions
>>> and other arguments can be passed to this view object which operates on a
>>> subset of the original contents by calling the function.  Performance is
>>> actually quite good.  The JIT seems to in-line the view object access to
>>> the underlying object and also in-lines evaluation of the function so
>> that
>>> the actual code that is executed is pretty much what you would write in
>> C,
>>> but you don't have to worry as much since the pattern of access is more
>>> controlled.
>>> For completeness, this is essentially what java.nio does with the *Buffer
>>> classes as well.  You can wrap an array and then you can ask for slices
>> out
>>> of that array while retaining the reference semantics.

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