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That's a good point - the dispatch table is created on every invocation, the elsif code variant is only compiled once. The second point is that the split calls actually obscure the test results, not clarify them.

So what I did was to change all the alternatives to return a literal 'A' instead, and to build the dispatch table only once. That's the result:

Rate elsif dispatch elsif 252062/s -- -73% dispatch 927942/s 268% --
And that's the code I used:
#!/usr/bin/perl # elsifbench - which is faster, a chain of elsif or a dispatch table? # SSF 112208 042609 use strict; use Benchmark qw/:all/; sub random { int rand shift } my @letters=('A'..'Z','a'..'z','0'..'9'); my $nLetters=scalar @letters; sub elsifchain { my $x=$letters[random($nLetters)]; if ($x eq 'A') { 'A' } elsif ($x eq 'B') { 'A' } elsif ($x eq 'C') { 'A' } elsif ($x eq 'D') { 'A' } elsif ($x eq 'E') { 'A' } elsif ($x eq 'F') { 'A' } elsif ($x eq 'G') { 'A' } elsif ($x eq 'H') { 'A' } elsif ($x eq 'I') { 'A' } elsif ($x eq 'J') { 'A' } elsif ($x eq 'K') { 'A' } elsif ($x eq 'L') { 'A' } elsif ($x eq 'M') { 'A' } elsif ($x eq 'N') { 'A' } elsif ($x eq 'O') { 'A' } elsif ($x eq 'P') { 'A' } elsif ($x eq 'Q') { 'A' } elsif ($x eq 'R') { 'A' } elsif ($x eq 'S') { 'A' } elsif ($x eq 'T') { 'A'; } elsif ($x eq 'U') { 'A'; } elsif ($x eq 'V') { 'A'; } elsif ($x eq 'W') { 'A'; } elsif ($x eq 'X') { 'A'; } elsif ($x eq 'Y') { 'A'; } elsif ($x eq 'Z') { 'A'; } elsif ($x eq 'a') { 'A'; } elsif ($x eq 'b') { 'A'; } elsif ($x eq 'c') { 'A'; } elsif ($x eq 'd') { 'A'; } elsif ($x eq 'e') { 'A'; } elsif ($x eq 'f') { 'A'; } elsif ($x eq 'g') { 'A'; } elsif ($x eq 'h') { 'A'; } elsif ($x eq 'i') { 'A'; } elsif ($x eq 'j') { 'A'; } elsif ($x eq 'k') { 'A'; } elsif ($x eq 'l') { 'A'; } elsif ($x eq 'm') { 'A'; } elsif ($x eq 'n') { 'A'; } elsif ($x eq 'o') { 'A'; } elsif ($x eq 'p') { 'A'; } elsif ($x eq 'q') { 'A'; } elsif ($x eq 'r') { 'A'; } elsif ($x eq 's') { 'A'; } elsif ($x eq 't') { 'A'; } elsif ($x eq 'u') { 'A'; } elsif ($x eq 'v') { 'A'; } elsif ($x eq 'w') { 'A'; } elsif ($x eq 'x') { 'A'; } elsif ($x eq 'y') { 'A'; } elsif ($x eq 'z') { 'A'; } elsif ($x eq '0') { 'A'; } elsif ($x eq '1') { 'A'; } elsif ($x eq '2') { 'A'; } elsif ($x eq '3') { 'A'; } elsif ($x eq '4') { 'A'; } elsif ($x eq '5') { 'A'; } elsif ($x eq '6') { 'A'; } elsif ($x eq '7') { 'A'; } elsif ($x eq '8') { 'A'; } elsif ($x eq '9') { 'A'; } else { warn "Huh?"; } } my %dispatch; for ('a'..'z', 'A'..'Z', 0..9) { $dispatch{$_} = sub { 'A' }; } sub dispatch { my $x=$letters[random($nLetters)]; if (exists $dispatch{$x}) { $dispatch{$x}->(); } else { warn "Huh?"; } } cmpthese(-1,{elsif=>\&elsifchain,dispatch=>\&dispatch}); exit;

In reply to Re^2: elsif chain vs. dispatch by moritz
in thread elsif chain vs. dispatch by sflitman

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