Re: [eigen] Interesting C++ standard proposal

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in my opinion changing the behavior of auto by guessing what the user want to have when writing auto is a bit far fetched. Codes that make use of the auto keyword are often more difficult to read and debug. This proposal will make thing even worse because it will be even more difficult to guess what is the actual type of an auto variable. Users should be educated to use the auto keyword only when writing the actual type explicitly is really difficult. An Eigen _expression_ is a typical case. Writing 'auto' when one want a MatrixXd is ridiculous. Anyway, once bug 99 is finalized the use of auto with Eigen will be much clearer:

auto xpr  =  A+B*(C-2*D).cwisePow(2);
auto mat = (A+B*(C-2*D).cwisePow(2)).eval();

xpr will be a pure abstract _expression_
mat will be an object with storage holding the result of the _expression_.

Good enough for me.

Having the possibility to disable auto for some given types would be nice through.


On Mon, Nov 11, 2013 at 3:22 PM, Christoph Hertzberg <chtz@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

(browsing through unanswered mails ...)

On 11.09.2013 09:00, Hauke Heibel wrote:
I just thought some of you might be interested in this proposal:

Yes, that looks interesting, but as you said, even if this gets accepted it will take a long time until we can profit from it.
Until then, we must rely on Gael to implement the _expression_-evaluator and educate our users that storing _expression_ trees is often not the most efficient solution (but that depends on the _expression_ and how often it is used)..

MatrixXd A, B, C, X, Y, Z;

auto A_plus_B = A+B;  // usually ok (not always ...)
auto A_times_B= A*B;  // in many cases (A*B).eval() is better

X = A_plus_B + C; // more efficient than evaluating A+B.
Y.noAlias() = C + A_times_B; // currently fails, but efficient later.

// fails at the moment and inefficient (product gets evaluated twice):
Z.noAlias() = A_times_B + A_times_B.transpose();


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