[Numpy-discussion] index objects are not broadcastable to a single shape

Simon Burton simon at arrowtheory.com
Wed Apr 12 20:34:04 CDT 2006


On Wed, 12 Apr 2006 19:29:10 -0600
Travis Oliphant <oliphant at ee.byu.edu> wrote:

> The problem with these error messages is that some code is used in a 
> wide-variety of circumstances.  The original error message was conceived 
> in thinking about the application of the code to one circumstance while 
> this particular error is occurring in a different one.
> 
> The standard behavior is to just propagate the error up.  Better error 
> messages means catching a lot more errors and special-casing error 
> messages.  It can be done, but it's tedious work.

OK. Can the error message be a little more generic, longer, etc. ?

"shape mismatch (index objects are not broadcastable to a single shape)" ?

I don't know either. I'm just thinking about all the new numpy/python users at work
here that I will need to hand hold. Error messages like this are pretty scary.

Simon.

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