[Numpy-discussion] proposal: smaller representation of string arrays

Robert Kern robert.kern at gmail.com
Thu Apr 20 16:04:33 EDT 2017

On Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 12:51 PM, Stephan Hoyer <shoyer at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 12:17 PM, Robert Kern <robert.kern at gmail.com>
>> On Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 12:05 PM, Stephan Hoyer <shoyer at gmail.com> wrote:
>> >
>> > On Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 11:53 AM, Robert Kern <robert.kern at gmail.com>
>> >>
>> >> I don't know of a format off-hand that works with numpy
uniform-length strings and Unicode as well. HDF5 (to my recollection)
supports arrays of NULL-terminated, uniform-length ASCII like FITS, but
only variable-length UTF8 strings.
>> >
>> >
>> > HDF5 supports two character sets, ASCII and UTF-8. Both come in fixed
and variable length versions:
>> > https://github.com/PyTables/PyTables/issues/499
>> > https://support.hdfgroup.org/HDF5/doc/Advanced/UsingUnicode/index.html
>> >
>> > "Fixed length UTF-8" for HDF5 refers to the number of bytes used for
storage, not the number of characters.
>> Ah, okay, I was interpolating from a quick perusal of the h5py docs,
which of course are also constrained by numpy's current set of dtypes. The
NULL-terminated ASCII works well enough with np.string's semantics.
> Yes, except that on Python 3, "Fixed length ASCII" in HDF5 should
correspond to a string type, not np.string_ (which is really bytes).

"... well enough with np.string's semantics [that h5py actually used it to
pass data in and out; whether that array is fit for purpose beyond that, I
won't comment]." :-)

Robert Kern
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