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built in cython integration [beginner]

asked 2014-04-24 01:54:25 -0500

alejandroerickson gravatar image

When I run a built-in sage function that is defined as cython code, does it automatically run compiled code, or do I have to activate cython or something?

For example:

When I run the code

g = graphs.CompleteGraph(10)
g.traveling_salesman_problem()

in a notebook, without anything else, the second command contains instances of 'MixedIntegerLinearProgram', which appears to be a cdef from a pyx file. I've learnt today that this means it is written in cython, and I would like to confirm that if MixedIntegerLinearProgram gets called in g.traveling_salesman_problem(), that it does indeed run compiled code, and that I don't have to do anything special to activate it.

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answered 2014-04-24 02:54:32 -0500

kcrisman gravatar image

Yes.

You can find much of this out by trying

sage: g.traveling_salesman_problem??

to read the code. Note that in this case the function itself is in a .py (uncompiled, though in byte code I think) file. But the line

from sage.numerical.mip import MixedIntegerLinearProgram

indicates it uses MILP, and this is indeed a compiled file (as you can see by doing

sage: sage.numerical.mip.MixedIntegerLinearProgram?

where it indicates an .so file type.

However, in truth this calls an outside program (which you can set, e.g. CPLEX) to do the LP, so the compiled piece is less relevant than the fact that it uses a dedicated library to do the LP.

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