[Numpy-discussion] nanmean(), nanstd() and other "missing" functions for 1.8

Robert Kern robert.kern at gmail.com
Wed May 1 11:36:13 EDT 2013

On Wed, May 1, 2013 at 4:22 PM, Daπid <davidmenhur at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 1 May 2013 17:13, Todd <toddrjen at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Speaking of which, I think there should be a function to construct a complex
>> array out of two identically-shaped floating-point arrays, as well as
>> perhaps an np.i class that converts a real array to an imaginary one (using
>> __mul__ and such).
> np.i would be exactly the same as array * 1j, or am I missing anything?

I don't think we have a ufunc loop for multiply() that takes a float64
and a complex128 and returns a complex128. We just have a
(complex128,complex128)->complex128. `x * 1j` first converts `x` to a
complex128 array with the value in the real component, then multiplies
that with 1j to move that value over to the imag component. A single
operation that takes a float64 array and just makes a complex128 array
with the values put in the imag component will reduce a temporary.

> The same goes for constructing a complex, real + imag * 1j

Similarly, we can eliminate two temporaries here.

Both of the cases are probably best addressed by a single function.
The syntactic sugar of an np.i object is unnecessary, IMO.

  imag = np.tocomplex(0.0, x)
  z = np.tocomplex(x, y)

Robert Kern

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