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From "Sean Owen (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (MAHOUT-121) Speed up distance calculations for sparse vectors
Date Mon, 15 Jun 2009 10:39:07 GMT

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Sean Owen commented on MAHOUT-121:
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Agree with you on doubling the vector size, we can do something more conservative like growing
20%. Yes, also easy to add constructors that take arrays. You could also simply set the size
in the constructor. The inserts then don't involve any array shuffling.

If this proves a good win for performance I will work more on refining the change, and expanding
it to SparseMatrix.

> Speed up distance calculations for sparse vectors
> -------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: MAHOUT-121
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/MAHOUT-121
>             Project: Mahout
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: Matrix
>            Reporter: Shashikant Kore
>         Attachments: mahout-121.patch, Mahout1211.patch
>
>
> From my mail to the Mahout mailing list.
> I am working on clustering a dataset which has thousands of sparse vectors. The complete
dataset has few tens of thousands of feature items but each vector has only couple of hundred
feature items. For this, there is an optimization in distance calculation, a link to which
I found the archives of Mahout mailing list.
> http://lingpipe-blog.com/2009/03/12/speeding-up-k-means-clustering-algebra-sparse-vectors/
> I tried out this optimization.  The test setup had 2000 document  vectors with few hundred
items.  I ran canopy generation with Euclidean distance and t1, t2 values as 250 and 200.
>  
> Current Canopy Generation: 28 min 15 sec.
> Canopy Generation with distance optimization: 1 min 38 sec.
> I know by experience that using Integer, Double objects instead of primitives is computationally
expensive. I changed the sparse vector  implementation to used primitive collections by Trove
[
> http://trove4j.sourceforge.net/ ].
> Distance optimization with Trove: 59 sec
> Current canopy generation with Trove: 21 min 55 sec
> To sum, these two optimizations reduced cluster generation time by a 97%.
> Currently, I have made the changes for Euclidean Distance, Canopy and KMeans.  
> Licensing of Trove seems to be an issue which needs to be addressed.

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