[Numpy-discussion] Indexing empty array with empty boolean array causes "IndexError: invalid index exception"

Maria Liukis liukis@usc....
Mon Aug 17 22:13:43 CDT 2009


On Aug 12, 2009, at 9:25 AM, Robert Kern wrote:

> On Mon, Aug 10, 2009 at 14:19, Maria Liukis<liukis@usc.edu> wrote:
>> Hello everybody,
>> I'm using following versions of Scipy and Numpy packages:
>>>>> scipy.__version__
>> '0.7.1'
>>>>> np.__version__
>> '1.3.0'
>> My code uses boolean array to filter 2-dimensional array which  
>> sometimes
>> happens to be an empty array. It seems like I have to take special  
>> care when
>> dimension I'm filtering is zero, otherwise I'm getting an  
>> "IndexError:
>> invalid index" exception:
>>>>> import numpy as np
>>>>> a  = np.zeros((2,10))
>>>>> a
>> array([[ 1.,  1.,  1.,  1.,  1.,  1.,  1.,  1.,  1.,  1.],
>>        [ 1.,  1.,  1.,  1.,  1.,  1.,  1.,  1.,  1.,  1.]])
>
> If that were actually your output from zeros(), that would definitely
> be a bug. :-)

Sorry, I realized my copy-and-paste mistake a minute after I posted  
the message. Obviously, it was too late :)
>
>>>>>  filter_array = np.zeros(2,)
>>>>> filter_array
>> array([False, False], dtype=bool)
>>>>> a[filter_array,:]
>> array([], shape=(0, 10), dtype=float64)
>>>>>>>>
>>
>> Now if filtered dimension is zero:
>>>>> a  = np.ones((0,10))
>>>>> a
>> array([], shape=(0, 10), dtype=float64)
>>>>> filter_array = np.zeros((0,), dtype=bool)
>>>>> filter_array
>> array([], dtype=bool)
>>>>> filter_array.shape
>> (0,)
>>>>> a.shape
>> (0, 10)
>>>>> a[filter_array,:]
>> Traceback (most recent call last):
>>   File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module>
>> IndexError: invalid index
>>>>>
>> Would somebody know if it's an expected behavior, a package bug or  
>> am I
>> doing something wrong?
>
> I would call it a bug. It's a corner case that we should probably
> handle gracefully rather than raising an exception.

Thanks, Robert!
>
> -- 
> Robert Kern
>
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> enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as
> though it had an underlying truth."
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