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Estimate the distributions of line lengths of files.

Project Description

Qudth randomly samples the lines within a large file and calculates statistics about each line. For example, in a 10-gigabyte text file, you might want to know how long a typical line is.

Line lengths

It would be very convenient if line length is what you are interested in, as that is the only thing we implement right now.

$ qudth qudth/ -n 5 --bins 8

▁ ▁ ▂ ▁ ▁ ▁ ▃ ▃
01     52     59
Lengths of 5 lines in qudth/
(simple random sample with replacement)


wc -l is equivalent to qudth’s line length estimation, but qudth’s sampling makes it much faster on large files. big-file.csv is 1 gigabyte in size.

_:~ t$ time qudth big-file.csv > /dev/null

real    0m0.287s
user    0m0.161s
sys     0m0.032s
_:~ t$ time wc -l big-file.csv > /dev/null

real    0m2.515s
user    0m1.475s
sys     0m0.440s

Future work

A more standard thing would perhaps be something that emitted a random sample to stdout. It could support different sampling strategies perhaps.

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