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Concatenate large matrices a bottleneck in function

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David McVea
David McVea on 4 Nov 2020
Commented: Walter Roberson on 4 Nov 2020
I have a function that concatenates two matrices, size of 100000 X 90 for an outcome of 100000 X 180.
This is a significant bottleneck as the function has to repeat many times.
Pre-allocating the outcome does not seem to make any difference, and using cat() or [] also seems to make no difference.
Does anyone have suggestions on how to speed this up?
Thank you.


Sylvain on 4 Nov 2020
can you post your code?
are you trying to do this ?
C = [A,B];
David McVea
David McVea on 4 Nov 2020
Hello -
Thanks for your comment.
I won't post my code because, yes, that is exactly what I am doing.

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Subhadeep Koley
Subhadeep Koley on 4 Nov 2020
The horzcat() function is usually faster than cat() or [, ]. You may use it.
A = ones(100000,90);
B = 2*ones(100000,90);
result = horzcat(A, B);

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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 4 Nov 2020
The timing tests I tried show horzcat(A,B) and [A,B] and cat(2,A,B) to be indistinguishable in timing -- the differences were below random variation

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