Numpy outlier removal

MRAB python at
Mon Jan 7 00:18:43 CET 2013

On 2013-01-06 22:33, Hans Mulder wrote:
> On 6/01/13 20:44:08, Joseph L. Casale wrote:
>> I have a dataset that consists of a dict with text descriptions and values that are integers. If
>> required, I collect the values into a list and create a numpy array running it through a simple
>> routine: data[abs(data - mean(data)) < m * std(data)] where m is the number of std deviations
>> to include.
>> The problem is I loos track of which were removed so the original display of the dataset is
>> misleading when the processed average is returned as it includes the removed key/values.
>> Ayone know how I can maintain the relationship and when I exclude a value, remove it from
>> the dict?
> Assuming your data and the dictionary are keyed by a common set of keys:
> for key in descriptions:
>      if abs(data[key] - mean(data)) >= m * std(data):
>          del data[key]
>          del descriptions[key]
It's generally a bad idea to modify a collection over which you're
iterating. It's better to, say, make a list of what you're going to
delete and then iterate over that list to make the deletions:

deletions = []

for key in in descriptions:
     if abs(data[key] - mean(data)) >= m * std(data):

for key in deletions:
     del data[key]
     del descriptions[key]

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