FW: [Numpy-discussion] Questions about records

Jin-chung Hsu hsu at stsci.edu
Fri Apr 2 13:30:05 EST 2004

> >--> arr1 = num.arange(4, shape=(1,2,2), type=num.Float64)
> >--> arr2 = num.arange(4, shape=(1,2,2), type=num.Float64)+10
> >--> a = rec.array([arr1, arr2], names="a,b")
> But is there any advantage to that compared to just using named 
> arrays of the desired shape:
> a = num.arange(4, shape=(2,2), type=num.Float64)
> b = num.arange(4, shape=(2,2), type=num.Float64)+10

Not really, in this particular example.
> >I'd be interested in your application as to why a 2x2 table is necessary.
> Here are two different uses I've come up with (both related to image 
> processing). 

You need it because you need to pass it to the C-structure, I think.  In any 
case, you have found a way to get around the problem by using setshape.  I'll 
take a look of the module to get an idea of how much effort is needed to make 
the 2-D (and higher) record arrays to work more smoothly.

JC Hsu

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