[Haskell-cafe] memory-efficient data type for Netflix data - UArray Int Int vs UArray Int Word8

Kenneth Hoste kenneth.hoste at ugent.be
Thu Feb 26 09:14:49 EST 2009

On Feb 26, 2009, at 13:00 , Manlio Perillo wrote:

> Kenneth Hoste ha scritto:
>> Hello,
>> I'm having a go at the Netflix Prize using Haskell. Yes, I'm brave.
>> [...]
>> To see if I could efficiently represent the data set in this way, I  
>> wrote a small
>> Haskell program (attached) which uses the following data type:
> From what I see, to append a new integer to the Array, you convert  
> the array to a list, append the new element to the list, and then  
> convert to array again.
> Isn't this a bit inefficient?

Yes, performance-wise this is terribly inefficient, I agree. But, it  
was just an artefact of how the raw data is organized.

My main concern was the memory usage of the huge IntMap with UArray  
Once I solved that, I would be able to get around the performance  
issue by reorganizing the raw data.

However, as I posted yesterday, I've been able to circumvent the issue  
by rethinking my data type, i.e. using
the ~18K movie IDs as key instead of the 480K user IDs, which  
radically limits the overhead...
That way, I'm able to fit the data set in <700M of memory, without  
having to reorganize the raw data.

> The uvector package implements a vector of unboxed types, and has an  
> snocU operation, to append an element to the array.
> I don't know how efficient it is, however.

> By the way, about uvector: it has a Stream data type, and you can  
> build a vector from a stream.

Thanks for letting me know, I'll keep this in mind.




Kenneth Hoste
Paris research group - ELIS - Ghent University, Belgium
email: kenneth.hoste at elis.ugent.be
website: http://www.elis.ugent.be/~kehoste
blog: http://boegel.kejo.be

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