[Numpy-discussion] numpy.left_shift with negative x2
Charles R Harris
charlesr.harris@gmail....
Wed Feb 3 11:09:37 CST 2010
On Wed, Feb 3, 2010 at 5:43 AM, <markus.proeller@ifm.com> wrote:
>
> Hello,
>
> the following operation seems strange to me
>
> >>> np.left_shift(2,-1)
> 0
>
> I would have expected a right_shift by one.
>
>
The result of a shift by a negative number is undefined in the C language;
the gcc compiler will issue a warning if it can determine that that is the
case. Even so, the result in your example is normally 1. There is something
else going on:
In [26]: x = array([2])
In [27]: x << -2
Out[27]: array([-9223372036854775808])
In [28]: x << 62
Out[28]: array([-9223372036854775808])
In [29]: x << 63
Out[29]: array([0])
In [30]: x << 64
Out[30]: array([2])
This for 64 bit integers. Looks almost like the shift is taken mod 64, which
is a bit weird.
Chuck
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