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Memory overhead of Python and Perl associative arrays

Posted 05-06-2014 at 06:51 PM by ttk

I've been measuring the relative memory overhead of perl hashes and python dicts (essentially the same data type, both associative arrays).

These measures are necessarily approximate, since they resize differently as the tables fill, but the overhead comes to about 57 bytes plus 76 bytes per element for perl, and 264 bytes plus 123 bytes per element for python. Both of these are for numeric-to-numeric mappings.

About halfway through this exercise, it occurred to me that I was "dict-sizing". ;-)
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