[Numpy-discussion] Assigning complex values to a real array
Dr. Phillip M. Feldman
Tue Dec 8 12:17:20 CST 2009
David Warde-Farley-2 wrote:
> A less harmful solution (if a solution is warranted, which is for the
> Council of the Elders to
> decide) would be to treat the Python complex type as a special case, so
> that the .real attribute is accessed instead of trying to cast to float.
There are two even less harmful solutions: (1) Raise an exception. (2)
Provide the user with a top-level flag to control whether the attempt to
downcast a NumPy complex to a float should be handled by raising an
exception, by throwing away the imaginary part, or by taking the magnitude.
P.S. As things stand now, I do not regard NumPy as a reliable platform for
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