[Numpy-discussion] Re: Weird (wrong?) real fft 2d behavior

Andrew Jaffe a.h.jaffe at gmail.com
Fri Jan 27 00:08:04 CST 2006

Dear Warren,
 > On Wed, 25 Jan 2006, Andrew Jaffe wrote:
 >> Andrew Jaffe wrote:
 >>> If I start with what I thought was an appropriate (n, n/2+1) complex
 >>> matrix which should have a real inverse fft, and then take its real 
 >>> I don't get back the original matrix.
 >>> Note the presence of very small but nonzero reals in the final matrix,
 > That's just roundoff.
 >>> and the fact that the 2d and 4th rows are duplicates. This seems to 
be a
 >>>  mistake somewhere.
 >>> Or am I just misunderstanding/misremembering something about 2d 
real ffts?
 > It looks wrong to me, and I think I wrote those functions.  I get the 
 > results in Numeric.  I'll try to look into the problem.
 >> and I should point out that
 >> 	delta_rp = N.dft.real_fft2d(delta_kp)
 >> is 'allclose' to the original delta_r (which leads me to believe that I
 >> may indeed be misunderstanding something).
 > "Stable" does not neccessarily imply "correct".

Indeed! And more to the point, it's actually the case that "delta_kp" 
doesn't actually have the requisite 16 (non-small) real degrees of 
freedom -- so it can't really be right.


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