I do a lot of statistical computing in R, particularly text analysis which involves a lot of sparse matrix operations and EM algorithm calls. What hardware specs are most important for optimizing these procedures? Processing power, memory, cores?
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If the data processing is mostly calculations on a small or moderate amount of data your processor would be the most important. As the amount of data you are using raises, the importance of disk access speed and RAM grows.