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

Pearu Peterson pearu at
Tue Feb 4 18:36:30 CET 2003

On 4 Feb 2003, Marcus Stojek wrote:

> 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
> PyArray_ContiguousFromObject because $input already is
> contiguous and for the second case a contiguous copy of $input (b) is
> made. (Besides of getting no results i can watch my heap grow if 
> cfunc is called repeatedly with the same input b)
> Can anybody explain how a and b differ?

Note that `b` contains C float numbers while `a` contains C double
numbers. `b=Numeric.zeros((1000,),'d')` would be equivalent to `a`.


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