# Numeric: difference between zeros((3,)'f') and array([0.0,0.0,0.0])

Marcus Stojek stojek at part-gmbh.de
Tue Feb 4 16:16:36 CET 2003

```Hi,
I have a written c extension using swig. (see typemap below). The
python function expects a Numeric.array as input.
(Python 2.2 Numeric 22.0 Win NT)

This array is filled with result values in the c extension. ok.

if I create the array with

L=[0.0 for i in range(1000)]
a=Numeric.array(L)

everything works fine and a is filled with results. If I use:

b=Numeric.zeros((1000,),'f')

b still contains 0.0 only. iscontiguous() gives 1 for a and b.

In my interpretation this means that for the first case a is passed by
contiguous and for the second case a contiguous copy of \$input (b) is
cfunc is called repeatedly with the same input b)

Can anybody explain how a and b differ?

Thanks
marcus

//typdef double d_list;
%typemap(in) (d_list *, int) {
int size;
if (!PySequence_Check(\$input)) {
PyErr_SetString(PyExc_ValueError,"Expected a sequence as double
(in)");
return NULL;
}
size=PySequence_Length(\$input);
PyArrayObject  *data;
//  data = (PyArrayObject *) \$input; //don't know why.. doesn't work
data = (PyArrayObject *) PyArray_ContiguousFromObject(\$input,
PyArray_DOUBLE, 1, 0);
\$1= (double *) data->data;
\$2= size;
}

```