[Numpy-discussion] Add a function to broadcast arrays to a given shape to numpy's stride_tricks?

Jaime Fernández del Río jaime.frio at gmail.com
Fri Dec 12 08:48:03 EST 2014

On Thu, Dec 11, 2014 at 10:53 AM, Stephan Hoyer <shoyer at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Dec 11, 2014 at 8:17 AM, Sebastian Berg <
> sebastian at sipsolutions.net> wrote:
>> One option
>> would also be to have something like:
>> np.common_shape(*arrays)
>> np.broadcast_to(array, shape)
>> # (though I would like many arrays too)
>> and then broadcast_ar rays could be implemented in terms of these two.
> It looks like np.broadcast let's us write the common_shape function very
> easily;
> def common_shape(*args):
>     return np.broadcast(*args).shape
> And it's also very fast:
> 1000000 loops, best of 3: 1.04 µs per loop
> So that does seem like a feasible refactor/simplification for
> np.broadcast_arrays.
> Sebastian -- if you're up for writing np.broadcast_to in C, that's great!
> If you're not sure if you'll be able to get around to that in the near
> future, I'll submit my PR with a Python implementation (which will have
> tests that will be useful in any case).

np.broadcast is the Python object of the old iterator. It may be a better
idea to write all of these functions using the new one, np.nditer:

def common_shape(*args):
    return np.nditer(args).shape[::-1]  # Yes, you do need to reverse it!

And in writing 'broadcast_to', rather than rewriting the broadcasting
logic, you could check the compatibility of the shape with something like:

np.nditer((arr,), itershape=shape)  # will raise ValueError if shapes

After that, all that would be left is some prepending of zero strides, and
some zeroing of strides of shape 1 dimensions before calling as_strided


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