[Numpy-discussion] Add `nrows` to `genfromtxt`

Warren Weckesser warren.weckesser at gmail.com
Sun Nov 2 14:32:55 EST 2014

On Sun, Nov 2, 2014 at 2:18 PM, Alexander Belopolsky <ndarray at mac.com>

> On Sun, Nov 2, 2014 at 1:56 PM, Warren Weckesser <
> warren.weckesser at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Or you could just call genfromtxt() once with `max_rows=1` to skip a
>> row.  (I'm assuming that the first argument to genfromtxt is the open file
>> object--or some other iterator--and not the filename.)
> That's hackish.  If I have to resort to something like this, I would just
> call next() on the open file object or iterator.

I agree, calling genfromtxt to skip a line is silly.  Calling next() makes
much more sense.

> Still, the case of dtype=None, name=None is problematic.   Suppose I want
> genfromtxt()  to detect the column names from the 1-st row and data types
> from the 3-rd.  How would you do that?

This may sound like a cop out, but at some point, I stop trying to make
genfromtxt() handle every possible case, and instead I would write a custom
header reader to handle this.


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