[Numpy-discussion] Trouble With MaskedArray and Shared Masks
Wed Feb 27 09:54:35 CST 2008
> create the MaskedArray to:
> >>> a = numpy.ma.MaskedArray(
> ... data=numpy.zeros((4,5), dtype=float),
> ... mask=True,
> ... fill_value=0.0
> ... )
By far the easiest indeed.
> > So: should we introduce this extra parameter ?
> The propagation semantics and mechanics are definitely tricky,
> especially considering that it seems that the "right behavior" is
> context dependent. Are the mask propagation rules spelled out anywhere
> (aside from the code! :-))?
Mmh, no: we tried to avoid mask propagation as much as possible, as it can
have some fairly disastrous side-effects. In other terms, no propagation by
default when a mask is shared, propagation when the mask is not shared.
> I could see some potential value to an
> additional argument, but the constructor is already quite complicated
> so I'm reluctant to say "Yes" outright, especially with my current
> level of understanding.
Yes, there are already a lot of parameters, some more useful than others:
hard_mask : if True, prevent a masked value to be accidentally unmasked.
shrink: if True, force a mask full of False to nomask
keep_mask : when creating a new masked_array for an existing one, specifies
whether the old mask should be taken into account or not. By default,
keep_mask is True
>>>import numpy.mas as ma
masked_array(data = [-- 2 3 -- 5],
mask = [ True False False True False],
We just inherited the mask from x: y._mask and x._mask are the same object,
and y._sharedmask is True. Now, let's change keep_mask to False
masked_array(data = [1 2 3 4 5],
mask = False,
We keep the data from x, but we force the mask to the default (viz, nomask)
Now for some more fun: remember that we keep the mask by defulat
masked_array(data = [-- 2 3 -- --],
mask = [ True False False True True],
We kept the mask of x ([1,0,0,1,0]) and combined it with our new mask
([0,0,0,0,1]), so y._mask=[1,0,0,1,1]
If you really want [0,0,0,0,1] as a mask, just drop the initial mask:
masked_array(data = [1 2 3 4 --],
mask = [False False False False True],
> At the very least, perhaps the doc-string
> should be amended to include the note that if a mask is provided, it
> is assumed to be shared and a copy of it will be made when/if it is
Sounds like a good idea. is there a wiki page for MaskedArrays somewhere ? If
not, Alexander, feel free to start one from your experience, I'll update if
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