[Numpy-discussion] Should non ufunc numpy functions behave like ufunc regarding casting to output argument ?

Rick White rlw at stsci.edu
Tue Jan 16 08:00:42 EST 2007

On Jan 15, 2007, at 10:41 PM, David Cournapeau wrote:

> Concerning the point of avoiding allocating new storage, I am a bit
> suspicious: if the types do not match, and the casting is done at the
> end, then it means all internal computation will be done is whatever
> type is chosen by the function (I am using PyArray_CommonType for  
> that),
> and the cast done at the end, meaning new storage.

Presumably you should do what ufuncs do: divide the computation up  
into blocks when the array is big.  If a cast is required then you do  
the computation for each block, allocating new storage for that  
block.  Then you do the cast for the block and copy it to the output  

That way you only have to allocate enough new storage for a single  
block, which is (potentially) much smaller than the whole array.

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