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What is a Mathematica packed array?

A simple sounding question with a few sub questions: What is the difference between unpacked vs packed array? Are packed arrays more space efficent, how much so? Are packed arrays more time ...
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Are there guidelines for avoiding the unpacking of a packed array?

Packed arrays are very useful because they save memory and generally allow speedier and more efficient calculation times. If a list of data currently stored as a packed array is unpacked, it can slow ...
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Why does list assignment with a packed array result in unpacked values?

This is another question on the design choices in Mathematica. I understand that without direct reply from the developers it may not be possible to give a definitive and exhaustive answer to "why" ...
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Unexpected behavior from GatherBy in version 7

I have come across what appears to be a bug in GatherBy. It appears similar to the problem of using Table[Random[], {1000}] in ...
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How do you determine the optimal autocompilation length on your system

When you pack lists there is an overhead therefore packing a list with, say, 2 elements is likely to cost more than you get back in efficiency. Mathematica has default list lengths for which functions ...
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Speeding up construction of simple tridiagonal matrix

I have the following code to construct a tridiagonal matrix: ...
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Why does array packing in Table behave like this?

Consider the following example, which generate two identical arrays. Why sometimes the array is packed and sometimes it doesn't? And why they perform differently? Here the arrays are packed: ...
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Isn't it possible to Pack a SparseArray?

I have the following matrix Va: ...