[Numpy-discussion] Response to PEP suggestions
oliphant at ee.byu.edu
Thu Feb 17 12:27:17 EST 2005
Jeff Whitaker wrote:
> >>> from Numeric import *
> >>> a = reshape(arange(9),(3,3))
> >>> print a
> [[0 1 2]
> [3 4 5]
> [6 7 8]]
> >>> a
> array([3, 4, 5])
> >>> a.flat
> so a[K] and a.flat[K] are very different things for multidimensional
> arrays. I think it would be a bad idea to change this now - it would
> certainly break a lot of my code.
> Or are you only talking about the case when K is a rank-1 index array
> and not a scalar?
a[scalar] will behave exactly the same as now.
We are just talking about the case where K is an index array (I should
clarify that it must be rank-1 or bigger so that K being a rank-0 array
wold behave just like the a[scalar] case).
This is basically new behavior that numarray has started supporting. I
just think numarray missed an important case of flattened indexing that
MATLAB supports. My current proposal would distinguish between
single-index array cases and tuple-index array cases.
I'm still thinking about the X.flat possibility. Basically, I think
that direction would requires a new "generic array view" or something
like that. It may be worth trying, but I'm not sure I want to go that
direction right now until I convince more people to come on board with
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