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From: Peter Dimov (pdimov_at_[hidden])
Date: 2002-03-08 14:41:08

From: "Howard Hinnant" <hinnant_at_[hidden]>
> On Friday, March 8, 2002, at 12:51 PM, Peter Dimov wrote:
> > No. One way to solve it (that I see) is
> >
> > template<class F> vector::vector(size_type n, F f);
> >
> > that will allocate memory and use f(this->_Ptr, n) to initialize it.
> I'm not following completely how this would solve the numerics problem
> that zero initializing the vector is too expensive, and also solve your
> v.insert problem.

I may be misunderstanding the nature of the "numerics problem."

As I see it, _someone_ has to initialize the vector. The problem is when we
have a library function that will initialize an array of doubles.
Constructing a vector inits to zero, then that library function inits to the
right values, hence the double init problem.

Passing the function to the vector constructor solves the problem - and
leaves the vector initialized so that its other methods work after
construction, as is the case now.

Is there another instance of the "expensive init" problem that I'm missing?

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