Raphael Raphael - 5 months ago 52x
Python Question

Python - Efficient Function with scipy sparse Matrices

for a project, I need an efficient function in python that solves to following task:

Given a very large List X of long sparse Vectors (=> big sparse Matrix) and another Matrix Y that contains a single Vector y, I want a List of "distances", that y has to every Element of X. Hereby the "distance" is defined like this:

Compare each Element of the two Vectors, always take the lower one and sum them up.


X = [[0,0,2],

Y = [[1,0,2]]

The function should return dist = [2,1,1]

In my project, both X and Y contain a lot of zeros and come in as an instance of:

<class 'scipy.sparse.csr.csr_matrix'>

So far so good and I managed to write a functions that solves this task, but is very slow and horrible inefficient. I need some tips on how to efficienty process/iterate the sparse Matrices.
This is my function:

def get_distances(X, Y):
rows, cols = X.shape

for i in range(0,rows):
dist = 0
sample = X.getrow(i).todense()
test = Y.getrow(0).todense()
rows_s, cols_s = sample.shape
rows_t, cols_t = test.shape

for s,t in zip(range(0, cols_s), range(0, cols_t)):
dist += min(sample[0,s], test[0,t])


return ret

To do my Operations, I convert the sparse matrices to dense matrices which is of course horrible, but I did not know how to do it better. Do you know how to improve my code and make the function faster?

Thank you a lot!


I revised your function and ran it in

import numpy as np
from scipy import sparse

def get_distances(X, Y):
   for row in X:            
       sample = row.A
       test = Y.getrow(0).A   
       dist = np.minimum(sample[0,:], test[0,:]).sum()
   return ret

X = [[0,0,2],   

Y = [[1,0,2]]

XM = sparse.csr_matrix(X)
YM = sparse.csr_matrix(Y)

print( get_distances(XM,YM))

print (np.minimum(XM.A, YM.A).sum(axis=1))


1255:~/mypy$ python3 stack37056258.py 
[2, 1, 1]
[2 1 1]

np.minimum takes element wise minimum of two arrays (may be 2d), so I don't need to iterate on columns. I also don't need to use indexing.

minimum is also implemented for sparse matrices, but I get a segmenation error when I try to apply it to your X (with 3 rows) and Y (with 1). If they are the same size this works:

Ys = sparse.vstack((YM,YM,YM))
print (XM.minimum(Ys).sum(axis=1))

Converting the single row matrix to an array also gets around the error - because it ends up using the dense version, np.minimum(XM.todense(), YM.A).

print (XM.minimum(YM.A).sum(axis=1))

When I try other element by element operations on these 2 matrices I get ValueError: inconsistent shapes, e.g. XM+YM, or XM<YM. Looks like sparse does not implement broadcasting as numpy arrays does.


There's an overlap in issues with Scipy sparse matrix alternative for getrow()