[Numpy-discussion] Loading bit strings

Robert Kern robert.kern at gmail.com
Fri Mar 5 12:29:03 EST 2010

On Fri, Mar 5, 2010 at 11:11, Dan Lenski <dlenski at gmail.com> wrote:
> Is there a good way in NumPy to convert from a bit string to a boolean
> array?
> For example, if I have a 2-byte string s='\xfd\x32', I want to get a
> 16-length boolean array out of it.
> Here's what I came up with:
> A = fromstring(s, dtype=uint8)
> out = empty(A.size * 8, dtype=bool)
> for bit in range(0,8):
>  out[bit::8] = A&(1<<bit)
> I just can't shake the feeling that there may be a better way to
> do this, though...

For short enough strings, it probably doesn't really matter. Any
correct way will do.

Robert Kern

"I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless
enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as
though it had an underlying truth."
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