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profiling running time in python is straightforward.  what’s tricky is measuring how much memory your program is consuming.  i’ve modified some code i found online to do the trick nicely; just import this PyVM module and insert the following into your program:

import PyVM

PyVM.MemoryUpdate(“memory usage here”)

PyVM.MemoryUpdate(“memory usage there”)

PyVM.MemoryUpdate(“memory usage etc.”)

what will print out in front of each message is: 1) how much additional memory was consumed since the last time MemoryUpdate was called; 2) how much total memory is being used.  note that for now, this module will only function correctly when python is being called on a unix or linux machine.

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