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From "Gilles (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (MATH-1154) Statistical tests in stat.inference package are very slow due to implicit RandomGenerator initialization
Date Tue, 07 Oct 2014 14:19:33 GMT

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Gilles commented on MATH-1154:
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Otmar,

Could you open another issue where you could propose part of the patch here as a new feature
(the forwarding and lazily initialized RNG)?
That feature might not be used to fix the issue reported here, but could be included in CM
even before asking the question about whether to use it as a default argument to the distributions.


> Statistical tests in stat.inference package are very slow due to implicit RandomGenerator
initialization
> --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: MATH-1154
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/MATH-1154
>             Project: Commons Math
>          Issue Type: Bug
>    Affects Versions: 3.3
>            Reporter: Otmar Ertl
>         Attachments: MATH-1154.patch, math3.patch
>
>
> Some statistical tests defined in the stat.inference package (e.g. BinomialTest or ChiSquareTest)
are unnecessarily very slow (up to a factor 20 slower than necessary). The reason is the implicit
slow initialization of a default (Well19937c) random generator instance each time a test is
performed. The affected tests create some distribution instance in order to use some methods
defined therein. However, they do not use any method for random generation. Nevertheless a
random number generator instance is automatically created when creating a distribution instance,
which is the reason for the serious slowdown. The problem is related to MATH-1124.
> There are following solutions:
> 1) Fix the affected statistical tests by passing a light-weight RandomGenerator implementation
(or even null) to the constructor of the distribution.
> 2) Or use for all distributions a RandomGenerator implementation that uses lazy initialization
to generate the Well19937c instance as late as possible. This would also solve MATH-1124.
> I will attach a patch proposal together with a performance test, that will demonstrate
the speed up after a fix.



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