[Numpy-discussion] Why does asarray() create an intermediate memoryview?

Alexander Belopolsky ndarray at mac.com
Sun Mar 27 17:00:51 EDT 2016

In the following session a numpy array is created from an stdlib array:

In [1]: import array

In [2]: base = array.array('i', [1, 2])

In [3]: a = np.asarray(base)

In [4]: a.base
Out[4]: <memory at 0x7fb80383e8c8>

In [5]: a.base.obj
Out[5]: array('i', [1, 2])

In [6]: a.base.obj is base
Out[6]: True

Why can't a.base be base?  What is the need for the intermediate memoryview
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