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From: David Abrahams (abrahams_at_[hidden])
Date: 2001-06-12 08:57:25

Hi Hubert,

I think your post could benefit from some explanation:

----- Original Message -----
From: "Hubert HOLIN" <Hubert.Holin_at_[hidden]>

> I would just like to say at this point that higher-dimentional
> tensors whould gain from having a nice iterator interface.

What do you mean by "nice"?

> I had once cause to consider a "stack" of several usual matrices,
> for which it was advantageous to consider all elements of the same *
> last* index.

Sorry, is this multiplication? "same * last"?
Even if you just meant to emphasize "last", I don't understand what you mean
by "consider all elements of the same last index". Can you explain?

> Also, fft in more than 2 dimensions simultaneously (I also need
> that sometimes) could benefit from such tools (remember the index
> dance!).

Not understanding the first 2 statements, I find it hard to understand this

> Quadtrees and higher-dimentional analogues represent another form
> of indexing fun that should not be overlooked.

Aren't these really a completely separate application domain? We do not need
to invent a universal iteration interface.

> Finaly, valarray has (more or less) efficient traversal with
> strides and (hopefully) very efficient computational power, but next to
> no tensorial behaviour, whereas matrices (and tensors) could have good
> algebraic properties but currently lack good traversal.

What do you mean by "good"?
MTL has a strided_view, I think.

> It would be
> ideal to be able to go back and forth between the two concepts (TNT can
> build matrices and vectors upon valarrays, but the crawling of said
> seems to be slowing still, as if it were possible...), as far as
> possible anyway (sparse matrices may be out of luck).

A big problem with valarrays is that there are problems with their
specification, and there isn't even anyone on the C++ committee who
understands their original intent well enough to correct the problem. I am
/extremely/ wary of treading into valarray territory with our library for
that reason.


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