Non-allocating reduced broadcast?

Suppose A and B are two long arrays of numbers of same length. Then sum(A .* B) allocates the intermediary array A .* B, and then sums it (the reduction).

I know I can write this as a loop or using generators, but at the price of losing the terseness of the dotted broadcast syntax. So is there a way to combine dotted calls with a reducing operation without intermediate allocations?


There is

which is blocked by


For this specific case you can also use dot(A,B) in the LinearAlgebra stdlib.

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This was just an example. I have a more complex scenario in mind where dot doesn’t help.

This is very clever: Is there something like broadcast_mapreduce? - #15 by fabiangans. Perhaps a solution can come out of the ArrayReduce struct suggested there.

Actually, you can do non-allocating reduction by sum(@~ A .* B) using @~ macro from LazyArrays.jl. See:

(But note that I’m actually suggesting to modify API a bit: