[Numpy-discussion] untenable matrix behavior in SVN

Anne Archibald peridot.faceted@gmail....
Tue Apr 29 16:18:23 CDT 2008


On 29/04/2008, Keith Goodman <kwgoodman@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 29, 2008 at 11:21 AM, Alan G Isaac <aisaac@american.edu> wrote:
>  > On Tue, 29 Apr 2008, Keith Goodman apparently wrote:
>  >  > I often use x[i,:] and x[:,i] where x is a matrix and i is
>  >  > a scalar. I hope this continues to return a matrix.
>  >
>  >  1. Could you give an example of the circumstances of this
>  >  use?
>
>
> In my use i is most commonly an array (i = M.where(y.A)[0] where y is
>  a nx1 matrix), sometimes a list, and in ipython when debugging or
>  first writing the code, a scalar. It would seem odd to me if x[i,:]
>  returned different types of objects based on the type of i:
>
>  array index
>  idx = M.where(y.A)[0] where y is a nx1 matrix
>  x[dx,:] -->  matrix
>
>  list index
>  idx = [0]
>  x[idx,:] --> matrix?
>
>  scalar index
>  idx = 0
>  x[idx,:] --> not matrix

It is actually pretty unreasonable to hope that

A[0]

and

A[[1,2,3]]
or
A[[True,False,True]]

should return objects of the same rank.

Anne


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