Is this intended? Is there a performance reason to keep the same strides in 1.7.0?
I believe that this could be because in 1.7.0, NumPy was changed so that copying does not always default to "C-order" but to "Keep-order". So, in 1.7.0, the strides of b is governed by the strides of a, while in 1.6.1, the strides of b is C-order (because of the copy).
Thanks for the reply.
So maybe the bottom line is that the user should not assume any contiguity from ``astype``? If that's the case I'll submit a docstring PR to say that.
Yes, that would be a great addition to the docstring. Mark, can you confirm this is the desired behavior? Ondrej, this would be something to put in the release notes, if it isn't already.