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numexpr 2.5

Fast numerical expression evaluator for NumPy

Numexpr: Fast numerical expression evaluator for NumPy

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What it is Numexpr?

Numexpr is a fast numerical expression evaluator for NumPy. With it,
expressions that operate on arrays (like "3*a+4*b") are accelerated
and use less memory than doing the same calculation in Python.

In addition, its multi-threaded capabilities can make use of all your
cores -- which may accelerate computations, most specially if they are
not memory-bounded (e.g. those using transcendental functions).

Last but not least, numexpr can make use of Intel's VML (Vector Math
Library, normally integrated in its Math Kernel Library, or MKL).
This allows further acceleration of transcendent expressions.

How Numexpr achieves high performance

The main reason why Numexpr achieves better performance than NumPy
is that it avoids allocating memory for intermediate results. This
results in better cache utilization and reduces memory access in
general. Due to this, Numexpr works best with large arrays.

Numexpr parses expressions into its own op-codes that are then used by
an integrated computing virtual machine. The array operands are split
into small chunks that easily fit in the cache of the CPU and passed to
the virtual machine. The virtual machine then applies the operations
on each chunk. It's worth noting that all temporaries and constants
in the expression are also chunked.

The result is that Numexpr can get the most of your machine computing
capabilities for array-wise computations. Common speed-ups with regard
to NumPy are usually between 0.95x (for very simple expressions
like ’a + 1’) and 4x (for relatively complex ones like 'a*b-4.1*a > 2.5*b'),
although much higher speed-ups can be achieved (up to 15x in some cases).

Numexpr performs best on matrices that do not fit in CPU cache.
In order to get a better idea on the different speed-ups
that can be achieved on your platform, run the provided benchmarks.

See more info about how Numexpr works in the `wiki <https:"" pydata="" numexpr="" wiki="">`_.

Examples of use


>>> import numpy as np
>>> import numexpr as ne

>>> a = np.arange(1e6) # Choose large arrays for better speedups
>>> b = np.arange(1e6)

>>> ne.evaluate("a + 1") # a simple expression
array([ 1.00000000e+00, 2.00000000e+00, 3.00000000e+00, ...,
9.99998000e+05, 9.99999000e+05, 1.00000000e+06])

>>> ne.evaluate('a*b-4.1*a > 2.5*b') # a more complex one
array([False, False, False, ..., True, True, True], dtype=bool)

>>> ne.evaluate("sin(a) + arcsinh(a/b)") # you can also use functions
array([ NaN, 1.72284457, 1.79067101, ..., 1.09567006,
0.17523598, -0.09597844])

>>> s = np.array(['abba', 'abbb', 'abbcdef'])
>>> ne.evaluate("'abba' == s") # string arrays are supported too
array([ True, False, False], dtype=bool)

Datatypes supported internally

Numexpr operates internally only with the following types::

* 8-bit boolean (bool)
* 32-bit signed integer (int or int32)
* 64-bit signed integer (long or int64)
* 32-bit single-precision floating point number (float or float32)
* 64-bit, double-precision floating point number (double or float64)
* 2x64-bit, double-precision complex number (complex or complex128)
* Raw string of bytes (str)

If the arrays in the expression does not match any of these types,
they will be upcasted to one of the above types (following the usual
type inference rules, see below). Have this in mind when doing
estimations about the memory consumption during the computation of
your expressions.

Also, the types in Numexpr conditions are somewhat more restrictive
than those of Python. For instance, the only valid constants for booleans
are `True` and `False`, and they are never automatically cast to integers.

Casting rules

Casting rules in Numexpr follow closely those of NumPy. However, for
implementation reasons, there are some known exceptions to this rule,

* When an array with type `int8`, `uint8`, `int16` or `uint16` is
used inside Numexpr, it is internally upcasted to an `int` (or
`int32` in NumPy notation).

* When an array with type `uint32` is used inside Numexpr, it is
internally upcasted to a `long` (or `int64` in NumPy notation).

* A floating point function (e.g. `sin`) acting on `int8` or
`int16` types returns a `float64` type, instead of the `float32`
that is returned by NumPy functions. This is mainly due to the
absence of native `int8` or `int16` types in Numexpr.

* In operations implying a scalar and an array, the normal rules
of casting are used in Numexpr, in contrast with NumPy, where
array types takes priority. For example, if 'a' is an array of
type `float32` and 'b' is an scalar of type `float64` (or Python
`float` type, which is equivalent), then 'a*b' returns a
`float64` in Numexpr, but a `float32` in NumPy (i.e. array
operands take priority in determining the result type). If you
need to keep the result a `float32`, be sure you use a `float32`
scalar too.

Supported operators

Numexpr supports the set of operators listed below::

* Logical operators: &, |, ~
* Comparison operators: <, <=, ==, !=, >=, >
* Unary arithmetic operators: -
* Binary arithmetic operators: +, -, *, /, **, %, <<, >>

Supported functions

Supported functions are listed below::

* where(bool, number1, number2): number
Number1 if the bool condition is true, number2 otherwise.
* {sin,cos,tan}(float|complex): float|complex
Trigonometric sine, cosine or tangent.
* {arcsin,arccos,arctan}(float|complex): float|complex
Trigonometric inverse sine, cosine or tangent.
* arctan2(float1, float2): float
Trigonometric inverse tangent of float1/float2.
* {sinh,cosh,tanh}(float|complex): float|complex
Hyperbolic sine, cosine or tangent.
* {arcsinh,arccosh,arctanh}(float|complex): float|complex
Hyperbolic inverse sine, cosine or tangent.
* {log,log10,log1p}(float|complex): float|complex
Natural, base-10 and log(1+x) logarithms.
* {exp,expm1}(float|complex): float|complex
Exponential and exponential minus one.
* sqrt(float|complex): float|complex
Square root.
* abs(float|complex): float|complex
Absolute value.
* conj(complex): complex
Conjugate value.
* {real,imag}(complex): float
Real or imaginary part of complex.
* complex(float, float): complex
Complex from real and imaginary parts.
* contains(str, str): bool
Returns True for every string in `op1` that contains `op2`.

.. Notes:

+ `abs()` for complex inputs returns a ``complex`` output too. This
is a departure from NumPy where a ``float`` is returned instead.
However, Numexpr is not flexible enough yet so as to allow this to
happen. Meanwhile, if you want to mimic NumPy behaviour, you may
want to select the real part via the ``real`` function
(e.g. "real(abs(cplx))") or via the ``real`` selector
(e.g. "abs(cplx).real").

+ `contains()` only works with bytes strings, not unicode strings.

You may add additional functions as needed.

Supported reduction operations

The following reduction operations are currently supported::

* sum(number, axis=None): Sum of array elements over a given axis.
Negative axis are not supported.

* prod(number, axis=None): Product of array elements over a given
axis. Negative axis are not supported.

* min(number, axis=None): Minimum of array elements over a given
axis. Negative axis are not supported.

* max(number, axis=None): Maximum of array elements over a given
axis. Negative axis are not supported.

General routines


* evaluate(expression, local_dict=None, global_dict=None,
out=None, order='K', casting='safe', **kwargs):
Evaluate a simple array expression element-wise. See docstrings
for more info on parameters. Also, see examples above.

* test(): Run all the tests in the test suite.

* print_versions(): Print the versions of software that numexpr
relies on.

* set_num_threads(nthreads): Sets a number of threads to be used in
operations. Returns the previous setting for the number of
threads. During initialization time Numexpr sets this number to
the number of detected cores in the system (see

If you are using Intel's VML, you may want to use
`set_vml_num_threads(nthreads)` to perform the parallel job with
VML instead. However, you should get very similar performance
with VML-optimized functions, and VML's parallelizer cannot deal
with common expressions like `(x+1)*(x-2)`, while Numexpr's one

* detect_number_of_cores(): Detects the number of cores in the

Intel's VML specific support routines

When compiled with Intel's VML (Vector Math Library), you will be able
to use some additional functions for controlling its use. These are outlined below::

* set_vml_accuracy_mode(mode): Set the accuracy for VML operations.

The `mode` parameter can take the values:
- 'low': Equivalent to VML_LA - low accuracy VML functions are called
- 'high': Equivalent to VML_HA - high accuracy VML functions are called
- 'fast': Equivalent to VML_EP - enhanced performance VML functions are called

It returns the previous mode.

This call is equivalent to the `vmlSetMode()` in the VML library.


* set_vml_num_threads(nthreads): Suggests a maximum number of
threads to be used in VML operations.

This function is equivalent to the call
`mkl_domain_set_num_threads(nthreads, MKL_DOMAIN_VML)` in the MKL library.

See the Intel documentation on `VM Service Functions <https:"" en-us="" node="" 521831="">`_ for more information.

* get_vml_version(): Get the VML/MKL library version.




Numexpr is distributed under the MIT license.

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