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So, a lot of people like to say that. And indeed, sometimes index is ten times faster. But sometimes it's more than three times slower!

use Benchmark qw(:all); $text = <<EOF; aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa +aaaaaaaaaa aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa +aaaaaaaaaa aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa +aaaaaaaaaa aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa +aaaaaaaaaa aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa +aaaaaaaaaa aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa +aaaaaaaaaa aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa +aaaaaaaaaa aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa +aaaaaaaaaa EOF $pattern = "bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb"; cmpthese($count, { 'regex' => sub { $text =~ $pattern }, 'index' => sub { index $text, $pattern }, }); __DATA__ Rate index regex index 630601/s -- -67% regex 1914815/s 204% --

Moreover, increasing the lengths of the text and pattern, I can make the regex be 40 times faster*. See Re^8: "advanced" Perl functions and maintainability for reasons why people use regexes instead of index. Personally, I still don't understand why there even is a difference in speed -- shouldn't the regex engine be optimized to notice that this is a search for a constant string and then call the same function as index?

*: No, I'm not kidding. The output follows. Moreover, for this example, adding a single study $text is an extra 10 times faster, completely obliterating index.

Rate index regex study index 178/s -- -98% -100% regex 7538/s 4124% -- -92% study 98871/s 55311% 1212% --
Update: I'm running perl v5.8.5 built for i686-linux.

In reply to Re^3: One line assigment statement with regex match by kaif
in thread One line assigment statement with regex match by ketema

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