Integer From A Float List?!?

Bill Mill bill.mill at
Fri Mar 4 22:55:38 CET 2005

On Fri, 4 Mar 2005 22:35:48 +0100, andrea_gavana at
<andrea_gavana at> wrote:
> Hello NG,
>     I was wondering if there is a way to obtain, from a list of floats,
> a list of integers without loops. Probably is a basic question, but I can't
> find an answer... I have had my eyes blinded by Matlab for years, but now
> that I discovered Python+wxPython there seems to be no limit on what one
> can do with these 2 tools. Anyway, following the Matlab style, I would like
> to do something like this:
> matrix = [1.5, 4.3, 5.5]
> integer_matrix = int(matrix)       (float for Matlab)

You're going to have to use loops. I don't know how Matlab can do it
without them, unless it maintains the matrix as a list of floats and
simply *views* it as a list of ints. More likely, it simply hides the
loop away from you. Anyway, here's some ways to do it:

preferable: int_matrix = [int(x) for x in matrix]
old way: int_matrix = map(int, matrix)
int_matrix = []
for x in matrix:

Any of these methods should be neither really slow nor really fast,
but the list comprehension should be the fastest (I think). Anyway, if
you're going to be doing lots of large matrices, and want some of your
old matlab stuff, check out numpy and numarray at .

Also, somebody was recently posting on here about a python <-> matlab
bridge that they developed; you should search the archives for that
(it was in february, I think).

And, finally, when doing scientific stuff, I found IPython
( to be an invaluable tool. It's a much
improved Python interpreter.

Bill Mill
bill.mill at

> (In Matlab, "integer_matrix" is always a double anyway, here I would like
> only to show the vector-matrix operation).
> Obviously, Python complains about:
> Traceback (most recent call last):
>   File "<interactive input>", line 1, in ?
> TypeError: int() argument must be a string or a number
> I would like to avoid loops because, having been blinded by Matlab vector-matrix
> abilities (and corresponding SLOW for-while loops operations), I tend to
> think that also Python will be slow if I use loops.
> Does anyone have a suggestion (or maybe could anyone show me that I'm wrong
> about loops?)
> Thanks you a lot.
> Andrea.
> --

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