Why is dense format better than sparse format for small sizes?


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We consider the following code on Matlab with N an integer.

diag = 3*speye(N,N);           % diagonal

If I am not wrong, sparse format keeps only non-zero entries, so it needs less memory. I noticed that when N=2,…,6, the size of A is bigger than the size of C even if A is in sparse format. Can someone explain why ?


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