Mar 24, 2009

Testing the new map with Mathematica

Generally speaking, when dealing with GIS data, you probably shouldn’t put Mathematica in top of your list.  However, when you want to develop a new algorithm or visualization, Mathamtica is a good choice to test the prototype.

Here is an example:


The same map in the “forest” looking.


Mar 7, 2009

Tip: processing large data sets

When deal with large data sets, ReadList is more efficient than Import.

From documentation:

If file is not already open for reading, ReadList opens it, then closes it when it is finished. If the file is already open, ReadList does not close it at the end.

ReadList[stream] reads from an open input stream, as returned by OpenRead.

So we can use OpenRead to open the file, then use ReadList to load large data sets piece by piece.

str = OpenRead[datafile]

(* the first number in our data file is the total number of points *)

ReadList[str, Number, 1]


Then we can read the real data in much smaller pieces every time, otherwise it may not have enough memory to run the processing algorithm.

Here is the example

(* read first 5 records *)

ReadList[str, Number, 7*5, RecordLists -> True] // MatrixForm


(* read the next 5 records *)

ReadList[str, Number, 7*5, RecordLists -> True] // MatrixForm


At the end, close the file by