[Numpy-discussion] Functions for indexing into certain parts of an array (2d)

Robert Kern robert.kern at gmail.com
Sat Jun 6 17:01:31 EDT 2009

On Sat, Jun 6, 2009 at 13:30, Fernando Perez <fperez.net at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sat, Jun 6, 2009 at 12:09 AM, Robert Kern<robert.kern at gmail.com> wrote:
>> +1
> OK, thanks.  I'll try to get it ready.
>> diag_indices() can be made more efficient, but these are fine.
> Suggestion?  Right now it's not obvious to me...

Oops! Never mind. I thought it was using mask_indices like the others.
 There is a neat trick for accessing the diagonal of an existing array
(a.flat[::a.shape[1]+1]), but it won't work to implement

> A few more questions:
> - Are doctests considered enough testing for numpy, or are separate
> tests also required?

I don't think we have the testing machinery hooked up to test the
docstrings on the functions themselves (we made the decision to keep
examples as clean and pedagogical as possible rather than complete
tests). You can use doctests in the test directories, though.

> - Where should these go?

numpy/lib/twodim_base.py to go with their existing counterparts, I would think.

> - Any interest in also having the stuff below?  I'm needing to build
> structured random arrays a lot (symmetric, anti-symmetric, symmetric
> with  a particular diagonal, etc), and these are coming in handy.  If
> you want them, I'll put the whole thing together (these use the
> indexing utilities from the previous suggestion).

I wouldn't mind having a little gallery of matrix generators in numpy,
but someone else has already made a much more complete collection:


Robert Kern

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