[Numpy-discussion] loadtxt ndmin option

Derek Homeier derek at astro.physik.uni-goettingen.de
Tue May 31 12:37:36 EDT 2011

On 31 May 2011, at 18:25, Pierre GM wrote:

> On May 31, 2011, at 5:52 PM, Derek Homeier wrote:
>> I think stuff like multiple delimiters should have been dealt with
>> before, as the right place to insert the ndmin code (which includes
>> the decision to squeeze or not to squeeze as well as to add  
>> additional
>> dimensions, if required) would be right at the end before the  
>> 'unpack'
>> switch, or  rather replacing the bit:
>>    if usemask:
>>        output = output.view(MaskedArray)
>>        output._mask = outputmask
>>    if unpack:
>>        return output.squeeze().T
>>    return output.squeeze()
>> But there it's already not clear to me how to deal with the
>> MaskedArray case...
> Oh, easy.
> You need to replace only the last three lines of genfromtxt with the  
> ones from loadtxt  (808-833). Then, if usemask is True, you need to  
> use ma.atleast_Xd instead of np.atleast_Xd. Et voilà.
> Comments:
> * I would raise an exception if ndmin isn't correct *before* trying  
> to read the file...
> * You could define a `collapse_function` that would be  
> `np.atleast_1d`, `np.atleast_2d`, `ma.atleast_1d`... depending on  
> the values of `usemask` and `ndmin`...
> If you have any question about numpy.ma, don't hesitate to contact  
> me directly.

Thanks for the directions! I was not sure about the usemask case  
because it presently does not invoke .squeeze() either... On a  
possibly related note, genfromtxt also treats the 'unpack'ing of  
structured arrays differently from loadtxt (which returns a list of  
arrays in that case) - do you know if this is on purpose, or also  
rather missing functionality (I guess it might break recfromtxt()...)?


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