bit: A class for vectors of 1-bit booleans

bitmapped vectors of booleans (no NAs), coercion from and to logicals, integers and integer subscripts; fast boolean operators and fast summary statistics. With 'bit' vectors you can store true binary booleans {FALSE,TRUE} at the expense of 1 bit only, on a 32 bit architecture this means factor 32 less RAM and ~ factor 32 more speed on boolean operations. Due to overhead of R calls, actual speed gain depends on the size of the vector: expect gains for vectors of size > 10000 elements. Even for one-time boolean operations it can pay-off to convert to bit, the pay-off is obvious, when such components are used more than once. Reading from and writing to bit is approximately as fast as accessing standard logicals - mostly due to R's time for memory allocation. The package allows to work with pre-allocated memory for return values by calling .Call() directly: when evaluating the speed of C-access with pre-allocated vector memory, coping from bit to logical requires only 70% of the time for copying from logical to logical; and copying from logical to bit comes at a performance penalty of 150%. the package now contains further classes for representing logical selections: 'bitwhich' for very skewed selections and 'ri' for selecting ranges of values for chunked processing. All three index classes can be used for subsetting 'ff' objects (ff-2.1-0 and higher).

Version: 1.1-12
Depends: R (≥ 2.9.2)
Published: 2014-04-09
Author: Jens Oehlschlägel
Maintainer: Jens Oehlschlägel <Jens.Oehlschlaegel at>
License: GPL-2
NeedsCompilation: yes
Materials: NEWS
CRAN checks: bit results


Reference manual: bit.pdf
Package source: bit_1.1-12.tar.gz
Windows binaries: r-devel:, r-release:, r-oldrel:
OS X Mavericks binaries: r-release: bit_1.1-12.tgz, r-oldrel: bit_1.1-12.tgz
Old sources: bit archive

Reverse dependencies:

Reverse depends: bit64, ff, NEff, tabplot, TOC
Reverse imports: biogram, Cyclops, DNAprofiles, ETLUtils, ffbase, FLightR, MSBVAR, Stack


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