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Your analogy doesn't help.

You are constructing a 3-dimensional array, and you are running out of memory. Assuming $data[ 0..X ][ 0..Y ][ 0..Z ];

What we need from you is:

  1. the maximum size of those three dimensions X, Y, Z?
  2. Are the dimensions contiguous or sparse?

    If sparse, the approximate density?

    If one or more of X,Y & Z can run say 3000 .. 4000; or if instead of using every number between 0 ..m; you only use every 10th or 100th; then you can save substantial space by using a hash instead of an array for that dimension of the structure.

  3. Do you need to build the entire dataset before you can calculate your statistics>

    Could you build (say) all of $data[1][Y][Z] for X=1; calculate the stats; and then discard that before building all $data[2][Y][Z] for X=2?

  4. What are you storing in each element of that 3d array?

    Is it just a number? If so, how big will that number get?

    If, for example, each element of the array held an integer < 255, the you can easily substitute a string for the 3 level arrays and save huge amounts of memory.

    Eg. This constructs a 100x100x100 3d array of small integers which requires 33MB of memory.

    @data = map[ map[ map int( rand 256), 0..99 ],0..99 ], 0..99;; print total_size \@data;; 33454784

    This on the other hand construct 100x100x100 2D array of strings. It contains the exact same information, but it only requires 1.6MB:

    @data = map[ map pack( 'C*', map int( rand 256), 0..99 ), 0..99 ], 0.. +99;; print total_size \@data;; 1614784

If you give us the information we ask for, we can almost certainly help you reduce your memory requirements.

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In reply to Re: Memory issue with cancer data (analogy) by BrowserUk
in thread Memory issue with cancer data (analogy) by ZWcarp

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