[Pkg-octave-devel] Bug#706376: Bug#706376: octave: sparse matrix n*2^16

Ed Meyer eem2314 at gmail.com
Mon Apr 29 18:50:12 UTC 2013

On Mon, Apr 29, 2013 at 11:07 AM, Jordi Gutiérrez Hermoso <
jordigh at octave.org> wrote:

> On 29 April 2013 14:00, Jordi Gutiérrez Hermoso <jordigh at octave.org>
> wrote:
> > And yes, sparse matrices can be indexed by a single index instead of
> > two, like any other matrix. Internally in Octave's source, the
> > assumption that a single index of octave_idx_type is available is used
> > throughout.
> The specific case where this fails in this instance is octave_idx_type
> dim_vector::numel (), which is obtained simply by multiplying each of
> the dimensions of the matrix, even for sparse matrices (this is unlike
> nnz, so a workaround just for trace.m would be to use nnz instead of
> numel, but I think this would still leave some pretty broken sparse
> matrices lying around with other problems).
> We would have to change numel () to use some other type that can hold
> the result of a larger size, but this is a pretty fundamental function
> in Octave. The overall assumption is that you can linearly index up to
> numel (). Every place that calls this function would need to be
> checked to see what happens if we change its return type to be some
> special bigint.
> - Jordi G. H.

I'm not proposing using anything but octave_idx_type for indexing or
the return type of numel() - I just question why numel() is used for sparse
It should be irrelevant for anything but ccs2full().
Rather than restrict the size of sparse matrices I think it would make more
to fix problems like this as they come up so that sparse storage is used as
was intended - to reduce storage & op count.

Ed Meyer
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