This function reduces the memory used by array «A» when it is sparse (contains a lot of Null or zero values) or has other kinds of repetition. It doesn't change the logical contents of «A», so you'll see no difference in results, other than possibly a drop in memory usage.

Analytica often takes advantage of sparseness or repetition within an array to reduce memory usage automatically. But, sometimes an array is created in a way that it cannot detect the sparseness without a time-consuming computation. In such cases when you know or suspect that a large array has sparse or repeated values, you can use CompressMemoryUsedBy(A) to force the compression.

It detects and takes advantage of three kinds of sparsity or repetition: Shared subarrays, constant subvectors, and repeated text values.

Here is n example of an expression with shared subarrays, where A and code>B may be large arrays:

Array(I, [A, A, A, B, B])

In such cases, it computes and store the values of A and code>B just once each, rather than separately for each value of I. This works only when the Index I comes before all indexes of A and B in the internal canonical index order.

If the same array were created through a different sequence of operations, you might end up with a dense array, with every cell explicitly stored. Under normal operations Analytica does not explicitly detect subarrays that could be potentially shared, since this can be a very expensive operation. CompressMemoryUsedBy detects these and converts the internal representation into one that shares these common subarrays to save memory.

A constant subvectors occurs when all slices along an index contain precisely the same value. For example, in the array:

J ▶
I ▼ 3 5 7 6
8 8 8 8
4 4 4 4

When the I index is before J in canonical index order, the last two slices along I are constant along J. Analytica saves memory (and computation time when this is used in a downstream computation) by storing the value 8 just once for the second row, and 4 just once for the third row. So it only 6 cells of the original 12 consume memory:

J ▶
I ▼ 3 5 7 6

CompressMemoryUsedBy recognizes constant-vector sparseness and replaces the original by a sparse vector when this is detected.

CompressMemoryUsedBy also detects identical text strings when they occur in the same innermost vector, and changes these to share the same text. It does not detect identical text strings in arbitrary points in the array (this is for space-time efficiency).


This function was introduced in Analytica 4.3.

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