[Numpy-discussion] Advice on converting Numarray C extension?
Russell E. Owen
Mon Jun 29 17:17:19 CDT 2009
Charles R Harris <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> On Mon, Jun 29, 2009 at 3:03 PM, Russell E. Owen
> > I have an old Numarray C extension (or, rather, a Python package
> > containing a C extension) that I would like to convert to numpy
> > (in a way that is likely to be supported long-term).
> > Options I have found include:
> > - Use the new numpy extension. This seems likely to be fast and
> > future-proof. But I am finding the documentation slow going. Does anyone
> > know of a simple example (e.g. read in an array, create a new array)?
> > - Use the Numarray compatible C API. Simple (and takes advantage of the
> > nice Numarray tutorial example for documentation), but will this be
> > supported in the long term?
> > - Switch to ctypes. Simple in concept. But I'm wondering if I can get
> > distutils to build the resulting package.
> > - Use SWIG. I have some experience with it, but not with numpy arrays.
> > - Use Cython to replace the C code. No idea if this is a long-term
> > supported package.
> > Another option is to try to rewrite in pure python. Perhaps the numpy
> > indexing is sophisticated enough to allow an efficient solution. The C
> > extension computes a radial profile from a 2-d masked array:
> > radProf(r)= sum of all unmasked pixels at radius r about some
> > specified center index
> > I can easily generate (and cache) a 2-d array of radius index, but is it
> > possible to use that to efficiently generate the desired sum?
> > Any opinions?
> How big is the extension and what does it do?
It basically contains 2 functions:
1: radProfile: given a masked image (2d array), a radius and a desired
center: compute a new 1d array whose value at index r is the sum of all
unmasked pixels at radius r.
2: radAsymm: given the same inputs as radProfile, return a (scalar)
measure of radial asymmetry by computing the variance of unmasked pixels
at each radius and combining the results.
The original source file is about 1000 lines long, of which 1/3 to 1/2
is the basic C code and the rest is Python wrapper.
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