[Numpy-discussion] Converting char array to float

Sameer DCosta sameerslists at gmail.com
Wed Nov 28 13:21:29 EST 2007

I'm trying to convert a character array to a floating point array. I'm
using one of the recent svn builds. It is surprising that astype does
not do the job. However if I first convert the char array to an array
and then use astype everything works fine. Is this a bug?

import numpy as N
print N.__version__  # Output = '1.0.5.dev4426'
a = N.char.array(['123.45', '234.56'])
b = N.array(a).astype(N.float)  # This works.
print b
b = a.astype(N.float)   # This does not work and raises an exception

ValueError: Can only create a chararray from string data.


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