[Numpy-discussion] how to work with numpy.int8 in c

Christopher Barker Chris.Barker at noaa.gov
Tue Mar 2 20:06:07 EST 2010

Warren Weckesser wrote:
>>>> I want to create one of those numpy.int8 guys.
>> np.int8 is a type, and so is numpy.ndarray.  And they are different.
>> There's lots of docs about how to make arrays, but how do I make a
>> scalar?

ah  - I see -- you want to make a numpy scalar, not the same as a type, 

Numpy scalars exist because numpy supports data types that core python 
does not have, so they are a lot like the built-in float and integer 

I'm still curious as to why you might need to make one, usually, C code 
works with numpy arrays, and you can easily make an array that has one 

In [83]: np.array(4, dtype=np.uint8)
Out[83]: array(4, dtype=uint8)

(In python). Usually, you have no arrays in C, and but work with the 
scalars as regular old C types.

If you do really need to create a numpy scalar is C, it looks like you 
can use:

PyArrayScalar(void* data, PyArray_Descr* dtype, PyObject* itemsize)

I found this in "The Guide to Numpy":




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