# Row-wise vs column-wise traversal of matrix

• Difficulty Level : Basic
• Last Updated : 05 Apr, 2022

Two common ways of traversing a matrix are row-major-order and column-major-order.
Row Major Order : When matrix is accessed row by row.
Column Major Order : When matrix is accessed column by column.
Examples:

```Input : mat[][] = {{1, 2, 3},
{4, 5, 6},
{7, 8, 9}}
Output : Row-wise: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Col-wise : 1 4 7 2 5 8 3 6 9```

Difference: If we see according to time complexity, both lead to O(n2), but when it comes to cache level one of the orders access will be faster as compare to other one. It depends on the language we are using. Like in C, store matrix in row major form so while accessing the i+1th element after ith, most probably it will lead to a hit, which will further reduce the time of program.
Following codes are showing the time difference in row major and column major access.

## C++

 `// C program showing time difference``// in row major and column major access``#include ``#include ` `// taking MAX 10000 so that time difference``// can be shown``#define MAX 10000` `int` `arr[MAX][MAX] = {0};` `void` `rowMajor() {` `  ``int` `i, j;` `  ``// accessing element row wise``  ``for` `(i = 0; i < MAX; i++) {``    ``for` `(j = 0; j < MAX; j++) {``      ``arr[i][j]++;``    ``}``  ``}``}` `void` `colMajor() {` `  ``int` `i, j;` `  ``// accessing element column wise``  ``for` `(i = 0; i < MAX; i++) {``    ``for` `(j = 0; j < MAX; j++) {``      ``arr[j][i]++;``    ``}``  ``}``}` `// driver code``int` `main() {``  ``int` `i, j;` `  ``// Time taken by row major order``  ``clock_t` `t = ``clock``();``  ``rowMajor();``  ``t = ``clock``() - t;``  ``printf``(``"Row major access time :%f s\n"``,``                ``t / (``float``)CLOCKS_PER_SEC);` `  ``// Time taken by column major order``  ``t = ``clock``();``  ``colMajor();``  ``t = ``clock``() - t;``  ``printf``(``"Column major access time :%f s\n"``,``               ``t / (``float``)CLOCKS_PER_SEC);``  ``return` `0;``}`

## Java

 `// Java program showing time difference``// in row major and column major access``import` `java.time.Duration;``import` `java.time.Instant;``import` `java.util.*;` `class` `GFG``{` `// taking MAX 10000 so that time difference``// can be shown``static` `int` `MAX= ``10000``;` `static` `int` `[][]arr = ``new` `int``[MAX][MAX];` `static` `void` `rowMajor()``{` `    ``int` `i, j;``    ` `    ``// accessing element row wise``    ``for` `(i = ``0``; i < MAX; i++)``    ``{``        ``for` `(j = ``0``; j < MAX; j++)``        ``{``        ``arr[i][j]++;``        ``}``    ``}``}` `static` `void` `colMajor()``{` `    ``int` `i, j;``    ` `    ``// accessing element column wise``    ``for` `(i = ``0``; i < MAX; i++)``    ``{``        ``for` `(j = ``0``; j < MAX; j++)``        ``{``        ``arr[j][i]++;``        ``}``    ``}``}` `// Driver code``public` `static` `void` `main(String[] args)``{` `    ``// Time taken by row major order``    ``Instant start = Instant.now();``    ``rowMajor();``    ``Instant end = Instant.now();``        ``System.out.println(``"Row major access time : "``+``                    ``Duration.between(start, end));``    ` `    ``// Time taken by column major order``    ``start = Instant.now();``    ``colMajor();``    ``end = Instant.now();``    ``System.out.printf(``"Column major access time : "``+``                    ``Duration.between(start, end));``}``}` `// This code is contributed by 29AjayKumar`

## Python3

 `# Python3 program showing time difference``# in row major and column major access` `# taking MAX 10000 so that time difference``# can be shown``MAX` `=` `1000``from` `time ``import` `clock` `arr ``=` `[[ ``0` `for` `i ``in` `range``(``MAX``)] ``for` `i ``in` `range``(``MAX``)]` `def` `rowMajor():``    ``global` `arr``    ` `    ``# accessing element row wise``    ``for` `i ``in` `range``(``MAX``):``        ``for` `j ``in` `range``(``MAX``):``            ``arr[i][j] ``+``=` `1` `def` `colMajor():``    ``global` `arr` `    ``# accessing element column wise``    ``for` `i ``in` `range``(``MAX``):``        ``for` `j ``in` `range``(``MAX``):``            ``arr[j][i] ``+``=` `1` `# Driver code``if` `__name__ ``=``=` `'__main__'``:` `    ``# Time taken by row major order``    ``t ``=` `clock()``    ``rowMajor();``    ``t ``=` `clock() ``-` `t``    ``print``(``"Row major access time :{:.2f} s"``.``format``(t))` `    ``# Time taken by column major order``    ``t ``=` `clock()``    ``colMajor()``    ``t ``=` `clock() ``-` `t``    ``print``(``"Column major access time :{:.2f} s"``.``format``(t))` `# This code is contributed by mohit kumar 29`

## C#

 `// C# program showing time difference``// in row major and column major access``using` `System;``using`  `static` `System.DateTime;``public` `class` `GFG``{``  ` `  ``// taking MAX 10000 so that time difference``  ``// can be shown``  ``public` `static` `int` `MAX = 1000;``  ``public` `static` `int``[,] arr = ``new` `int``[GFG.MAX,GFG.MAX];``  ``public` `static` `void` `rowMajor()``  ``{``    ``int` `i;``    ``int` `j;``    ``// accessing element row wise``    ``for` `(``      ``i = 0; i < GFG.MAX; i++)``    ``{``      ``for` `(``        ``j = 0; j < GFG.MAX; j++)``      ``{``        ``GFG.arr[i,j]++;``      ``}``    ``}``  ``}``  ``public` `static` `void` `colMajor()``  ``{``    ``int` `i;``    ``int` `j;``    ``// accessing element column wise``    ``for` `(``      ``i = 0; i < GFG.MAX; i++)``    ``{``      ``for` `(``        ``j = 0; j < GFG.MAX; j++)``      ``{``        ``GFG.arr[j,i]++;``      ``}``    ``}``  ``}``  ``// Driver code``  ``public` `static` `void` `Main(String[] args)``  ``{``    ``// Time taken by row major order``    ``var` `start = DateTime.UtcNow;``    ``GFG.rowMajor();``    ``var` `end = DateTime.UtcNow;``    ``TimeSpan spanR = end.Subtract( start );``    ``Console.WriteLine(``"Row major access time : "` `+ spanR.TotalMinutes + ``" min"``);` `    ``// Time taken by column major order``    ``start = DateTime.UtcNow;``    ``GFG.colMajor();``    ``end = DateTime.UtcNow;``    ``TimeSpan spanC = end.Subtract( start );``    ``Console.WriteLine(``"Column major access time : "` `+ spanC.TotalMinutes + ``" min"``);``  ``}``}` `// This code is contributed by yoursthek2002`

Output:

```Row major access time :0.492000 s
Column major access time :1.621000 s```

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