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The speed of reading and writing matrix by function

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A simple demonstration on the speed of reading and writing matrix by function

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Updated 15 Nov 2009

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function check_rwSpeed(data, N_iters)
%effect: a simple demonstration on the running time of %reading/writing matrix by matlab functions
%1. check the speed of reading matrix:
%N_iters = 100;
%data = rand(1, N);
%check_rwSpeed(data, N_iters);

%2. check the speed of writting matrix:
%At first you should uncomment the 2 commented lines begin with the symbol
% "%#", then do the same thing as following:
%N_iters = 1000;
%data = rand(1, N);
%check_rwSpeed(data, N_iters);

% Purely reading:
% It will take no time to complete "check_readingData" no matter how large size the "data" is.
% Reading and Writing:
% if you umcommend the 2 commended lines begin with "%#", you will find:
% 1. The running time of "check_readingData" increase dramatically when the size of data increase.
% 2. data(end) never change.
% Conclusion:
% Reading a matrix M in a function is straightforward, it just access the pointer of the matrix directly and take no time to complete.
% Writting a matrix M in a function is more complicated, first, it will atomatically create a copy of M called M_buffer, then it will changed the
% corresponding element in M_buffer rather than in M.

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Su Dongcai (2020). The speed of reading and writing matrix by function (, MATLAB Central File Exchange. Retrieved .

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