readArray is faster than unsafeRead

Mirko Rahn rahn at
Wed May 30 03:44:12 EDT 2007

> Why would lists-of-lists be faster than unboxed arrays? No indexing
> arithmetic? Deforestation? I'm very curious. The first advice I got
> from #haskell when trying to speed up my original code was "get rid of
> all those lists."

First, I think lists-of-lists is only faster (if at all) in your special 
case of having only very small matrices. Moreover, the pure 
implementation runs without the 'near zero' tests and the array 
implementation is not as smart as possible. For example instead of

f j1  where f j | j>n = return () ; f j = work_on j >> f (j+1)

you could simply write

mapM_ work_on [j1..n]

and save some comparsions.

Second, clearly you have to "get rid of all those lists", as long as you 
are trying to implement the algorithm in the usual algebra book style, 
where you find formulations that are suitable to mutable array 
implementations. The pure implementation instead tries to exploit the 
recursive structure and some invariants of Gauss' algorithm in a direct way.


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