numpy array sorting weirdness

MRAB google at
Sun Mar 29 04:45:42 CEST 2009

Daniel Fetchinson wrote:
> So far I was working under the assumption that the numpy array
> implementation can be used as a drop-in replacement for native python
> lists, i.e. wherever I see a list 'a' and I want to speed up my
> numerical calculations I just replace it with 'numpy.array( a )' and
> everything will work just as before. It took me about half a day to
> track down a bug which was a result of this assumption being wrong.
Who was it who said "Assumption is the mother of all screw-ups"? :-)

> The fact that the following two outputs are not the same is a bug or a
> feature of numpy?
Well, it's in the documentation:

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