# [Numpy-discussion] Creating a 1-d structured array

Robert Kern robert.kern at gmail.com
Sun May 15 23:51:52 EDT 2011

```On Sun, May 15, 2011 at 20:49, Bruce Southey <bsouthey at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Fri, May 13, 2011 at 4:38 PM, Robert Kern <robert.kern at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Fri, May 13, 2011 at 09:58, Bruce Southey <bsouthey at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> How do you create a 'single' structured array using np.array()?
>>> Basically I am attempting to do something like this that does not work:
>>> a=np.array([1,2, 3,4, 5,6], dtype=np.dtype([('foo', int)]))
>>>
>>> I realize that this is essentially redundant as if A is an 1-d array
>>> then a structured array with a named field 'foo' is the same thing - A
>>> would be A['foo'], just shorter.
>>>
>>> So if that is valid then a clearer error message is required to indicate
>>> this and provide the suitable error message to address ticket 1264
>>> (http://projects.scipy.org/numpy/ticket/1264).
>>>
>>> \$ python
>>> Python 2.7 (r27:82500, Sep 16 2010, 18:02:00)
>>> [GCC 4.5.1 20100907 (Red Hat 4.5.1-3)] on linux2
>>>  >>> import numpy as np
>>>  >>> a=np.array([1,2, 3,4, 5,6], dtype=np.dtype([('foo', int)]))
>>> Traceback (most recent call last):
>>>   File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module>
>>> TypeError: expected a readable buffer object
>>>  >>> np.array([(1,2), (3,4), (5,6)], dtype=np.dtype([('foo', int),
>>> ('foo2', int)]))
>>> array([(1, 2), (3, 4), (5, 6)],
>>>       dtype=[('foo', '<i8'), ('foo2', '<i8')])
>>>  >>> a=np.array([(1), (3), (5)], dtype=np.dtype([('foo', int)]))
>>> Traceback (most recent call last):
>>>   File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module>
>>> TypeError: expected a readable buffer object
>>
>> You are missing the commas:
>>
>> [~]
>> |12> a=np.array([(1,), (3,), (5,)], dtype=np.dtype([('foo', int)]))
>>
>> [~]
>> |13> a
>> array([(1,), (3,), (5,)],
>>      dtype=[('foo', '<i4')])
>
> I am still 'digesting' this and what it means.
> In any case, many thanks!

You make record arrays from lists of tuples (or lists of lists ... of
tuples). If you want one-field records, you need one-element tuples.

--
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."
-- Umberto Eco

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