Re: [R] efficiency & profiling? (was: Why R is 200 times slower than Matlab ?)

From: Gabor Csardi <>
Date: Thu, 01 May 2008 01:32:13 +0200

On Wed, Apr 30, 2008 at 06:59:38PM -0400, esmail bonakdarian wrote:
> This has been an interesting discussion, and brings up two questions
> for me:
> Is there a good collection of hints/suggestions for R language idoms in terms
> of efficiency? For instance I read not to use for-loops, so I used apply only to
> later read that "apply" is internally implemented as a "for" so nothing gained
> here. Warnings about pitfalls (such as nested loops), hints, suggestions would
> be great.

Personally i like {l,t,}apply better, 1) it is more readable, 2) it takes two minutes to change it to par{L,S,}apply and then it runs in parallel.

> The second question - is there some sort of profiling tool available that would
> make it easy to recognize where the script is spending most of its time? Might
> be especially useful for newbies like me.

See ?Rprof



Csardi Gabor <>    UNIL DGM

______________________________________________ mailing list
PLEASE do read the posting guide
and provide commented, minimal, self-contained, reproducible code.
Received on Wed 30 Apr 2008 - 23:36:34 GMT

Archive maintained by Robert King, hosted by the discipline of statistics at the University of Newcastle, Australia.
Archive generated by hypermail 2.2.0, at Thu 01 May 2008 - 00:30:33 GMT.

Mailing list information is available at Please read the posting guide before posting to the list.

list of date sections of archive