# Comparison for/vectorization- some general advice

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Damiano Capocci on 19 Dec 2017
Commented: Damiano Capocci on 29 Dec 2017
Hi, i'm trying to vectorize my code. But i have recently found this:
clear all;
tic
k=zeros([1,10000]);
a=1:10000;
k(a)=rand;
toc
tic
g=zeros([1,10000]);
for i=1:10000;
g(i)=rand;
end
toc
Elapsed time is 0.030372 seconds.
Elapsed time is 0.013857 seconds.
(Obviously) Every time tic/toc time changes a bit but there is always this kind of gap. In Matlab a vectorized code is faster than a loop code so i dont understand this result.
On the contrary i have also found:
clear all;
tic
k=zeros([1,1000000]);
a=1:1000000;
k(a)=rand;
toc
tic
g=zeros([1,1000000]);
for i=1:1000000;
g(i)=rand;
end
toc
Elapsed time is 0.034189 seconds.
Elapsed time is 0.045542 seconds.
Maybe the for loop with preallocation is not so bad but the difference between them rises when the length of the array grows. Tell me what u think and please give me some advice for a good vectorization

Ramnarayan Krishnamurthy on 28 Dec 2017
The result you observe could be because preallocation the second time appears to be faster than the first. So, timing each allocation separately I found a slightly different result (over 1000 runs)
clear all
tic
k=zeros([1,10000]);
toc;
tic;
a=1:10000;
k(a)=rand;
toc
tic
g=zeros([1,10000]);
toc;
tic;
for i=1:10000;
g(i)=rand;
end
toc
Elapsed time is 0.000250 seconds. % pre allocation 1
Elapsed time is 0.000238 seconds.
Elapsed time is 0.000035 seconds. % pre-allocation 2
Elapsed time is 0.000730 seconds.
Here, Vectorization appears to be faster, though, the difference is definitely pronounced when the array length is larger (10000000)
I would suggest going through the following answers and questions on vectorization:
Damiano Capocci on 29 Dec 2017
Thank you,I'll meditate about it.Just one thing,could you see this other ask of mine
Thank you

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