[Numpy-discussion] genfromtxt documentation : review needed

Skipper Seabold jsseabold@gmail....
Fri Oct 16 07:29:29 CDT 2009


On Thu, Oct 15, 2009 at 7:08 PM, Pierre GM <pgmdevlist@gmail.com> wrote:
> All,
> Here's a first draft for the documentation of np.genfromtxt.
> It took me longer than I thought, but that way I uncovered and fix some
> bugs.
> Please send me your comments/reviews/etc
> I count especially on our documentation specialist to let me know where to
> put it.
> Thx in advance
> P.
>

Great work!  I am especially glad to see the better documentation on
missing values, as I didn't fully understand how to do this.  A few
small comments and a small attached diff with a few nitpicking
grammatical changes and some of what's proposed below.

On the actual function, I am wondering if white space shouldn't be
stripped by default, or at least if we have fixed width columns.  I
ran into a problem recently, where I was reading in a lot of strings
that were in a fixed width format and my 4 gb of memory were soon
consumed.  I also can't think of a case where I'd ever care about
leading or trailing white space.

I always get confused going back and forth from zero-indexed to non
zero-indexed, which might not be a good enough reason to worry about
this, but it might be helpful to explicitly say that skip_header is
not zero-indexed, though it doesn't raise an exception if you try.

data = "junk1,junk2,junk3\n1.2,1.5,1"
from StringIO import StringIO
import numpy as np
d = np.genfromtxt(StringIO(data), delimiter=",", skip_header=0)

In [5]: d
Out[5]:
array([[ NaN,  NaN,  NaN],
       [ 1.2,  1.5,  1. ]])

d = np.genfromtxt(StringIO(data), delimiter=",", skip_header=1)

In [7]: d
Out[7]: array([ 1.2,  1.5,  1. ])

d = np.genfromtxt(StringIO(data), delimiter=",", skip_header=-1)

In [9]: d
Out[9]:
array([[ NaN,  NaN,  NaN],
       [ 1.2,  1.5,  1. ]])

Also, I don't know if this is even something that should be worried
about in the io, but recarray names also can't start with a number to
preserve attribute names look up, but I thought I would bring it up
anyway, since I ran across this recently.

data = "1var1,var2,var3\n1.2,1.5,1"
d = np.recfromtxt(StringIO(data), dtype=float, delimiter=",", names=True)

In [36]: d
Out[36]:
rec.array((1.2, 1.5, 1.0),
      dtype=[('1var1', '<f8'), ('var2', '<f8'), ('var3', '<f8')])

In [37]: d.1var1
------------------------------------------------------------
   File "<ipython console>", line 1
     d.1var1
       ^
SyntaxError: invalid syntax


In [38]: d.var2
Out[38]: array(1.5)

In [39]: d['1var1']
Out[39]: array(1.2)

I didn't know about being able to specify the dtype as a dict.  That
might be handy.  Is there any way to cross-link to the dtype
documentation in rst?  I can't remember.  That might be helpful to
have.

I never did figure out what the loose keyword did, but I guess it's
not that important to me if I've never needed it.

Cheers,

Skipper
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