[Numpy-discussion] Is this an indexing bug?

Sven Schreiber svetosch at gmx.net
Wed Jun 20 16:30:12 EDT 2007

Travis Oliphant schrieb:
> Sturla Molden wrote:
>>  >>> x = numpy.arange(100).reshape((1,10,10))
>>  >>> x[0,:,numpy.arange(5)].shape
>> (5, 10)
>>  >>> x[:,:,numpy.arange(5)].shape
>> (1, 10, 5)
>> It looks like a bug that needs to be squashed.
> These are both correct.  See my previous posts about the rule.
> The first case is exactly the example we saw before:  we start with a 
> (1,10,10)-shaped array and replace the first and last-dimension 
> (1,10)-shaped array with a (5,)-shaped array.  Not having a clear place 
> to put the extracted (5,)-shaped subspace, it is tacked on to the front.
> In the second example, the last-dimension (10,)-shaped sub-space is 
> replaced with a (5,)-shaped sub-space.  There is no ambiguity in this 
> case and the result is a (1,10,5)-shaped array.
> There is no bug here.   Perhaps unexpected behavior with "advanced 
> indexing" combined with single-integer indexing in separated dimensions 
> but no bug.  The result, does follow an understandable and generalizable 
> rule.  

Thanks for the explanation. Maybe some of these examples could be added
to the relevant section of the book. Although I must say I'm glad that I
currently don't need to use this stuff, I'm not sure I would get it
right :-)


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