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Python function for performing a linear binning that is optimized for sparsity

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sparse_linear_binning: linear binning (optimized for sparsity)

Performs a linear binning technique described in Wand and Jones on a regularly-spaced grid in an arbitrary number of dimensions. The asymptotic behavior of this binning technique performs better than so-called simple binning (i.e. as in histograms). Each point in d-dimensional space must have an associated weight (just use a weight of 1. for each point for equally weighted points).

For example, within a 2D grid with corners A, B, C, and D and a 2D point P with weight wP:

|        |                          |
|                                   |
|        |                          |
|- - - - P- - - - - - - - - - - - - |
|        |                          |
  • Assign a weight to corner A of the proportion of area between P and C (times wP)

  • Assign a weight to corner B of the proportion of area between P and D (times wP)

  • Assign a weight to corner C of the proportion of area between P and A (times wP)

  • Assign a weight to corner D of the proportion of area between P and B (times wP)

Note that the under- and overflow bins need to be accounted for when specifying the number of bins. For instance, if you want grid points in steps of 0.1 in a range of [0,1] (i.e. (0,.1,.2,.3,.4,.5,.6,.7,.8,.9,1)), specify the number of bins to be 11. Internally, the grid points are stored in a high performance, C++-based hash table (sparsepp). This allows for finer binning because it never allocates memory for grid points with near-zero weight. To accommodate arbitrary numbers of bins along each dimension, an arbitrary precision numeric library (boost multiprecision) may be used internally and will negatively impact performance. If this degradation in performance is unacceptable, consider reducing the number of bins in such a way that the product of bin sizes is less than the numeric maximum of “unsigned long” or “unsigned long long” on your system.


  • pip install sparse_linear_binning



This constructs one million random 2D points in the unit square with random weights and constructs a grid of 51 by 51 (can be different along different dimensions) linearly binned “bin centers.” The boundaries of the grid points are specified by extents and can be thought of as the under- and overflow bins.

from sparse_linear_binning import sparse_linear_binning
import numpy as np

# generate one million random 2D points and weights
# (should take less than a second to bin)

# coordinates, weights, and extents must be of type "double"
sample_coords = np.random.random(size=(n_samples, D))
sample_weights = np.random.random(size=n_samples)
extents = np.tile([0., 1.], D).reshape((D, 2))
# n_bins must be of type "unsigned long"
n_bins = np.full(D, 51, dtype=np.dtype('uint64'))

coords, weights = sparse_linear_binning(sample_coords, sample_weights,
                                        extents, n_bins)

# check that weights on grid match original weights
print(np.allclose(weights.sum(), sample_weights.sum()))


  • numpy

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