tic/toc versus time.perf_counter_ns()

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Mark Holmes
Mark Holmes on 8 Jun 2022
Answered: Peter Perkins on 13 Jun 2022
For tic/toc the documentation indicates that these are limited to codes that take at least 1/10 second (if you want an accurate value). In python, the commands time.perf_counter_ns() and time.perf_counter() appear to have no such limitation. Is there a timer command for MATLAB without the 0.1 second rule?

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Peter Perkins
Peter Perkins on 13 Jun 2022
The doc doesn't say you can't use tic/toc to time very short things, and clearly that is not true:
>> tic, x = 1; toc
Elapsed time is 0.000323 seconds.
What the doc does say is that if your total time is less than 0.1s, then you probably want to put whatever you are timing in a loop, and divide the total time by the number of iterations, otherwise your results are likely to be contaminated by noise. The timeit function is your friend.

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