[Numpy-discussion] better error message possible?

Thouis Jones thouis.jones@curie...
Tue Jun 5 05:15:56 CDT 2012


On Mon, Jun 4, 2012 at 11:49 PM, Nathaniel Smith <njs@pobox.com> wrote:
> On Mon, Jun 4, 2012 at 10:00 PM, Thouis (Ray) Jones <thouis@gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Mon, Jun 4, 2012 at 4:27 PM, Thouis (Ray) Jones <thouis@gmail.com> wrote:
>>> I could look into this.  There are only ~10 places the code generates
>>> this error, so it should be a pretty minor change.
>>
>> My initial estimate was low, but not overly so.  An initial pass at
>> adding index/dimension information to IndexErrors is here:
>> https://github.com/thouis/numpy/tree/index_error_info
>
> Fabulous! I made a few comments there, but also:
>
>> A typical result:
>>
>>>>> numpy.zeros(3)[5]
>> Traceback (most recent call last):
>>  File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module>
>> IndexError: index 5 out of bounds in dimension 0
>
> I would say "for", not "in".
>
> "index 5" is a bit ambiguous too... people might mis-read it as the
> dimension, like, "the 5th index value I gave"? Not sure how to make it
> unambiguous. Maybe:
>
> "IndexError: dimension 0 index out of bounds: got 5, size is 3"
>
> ?

How about:
IndexError: 5 is out of bounds for dimension 0: must be in [-3, 3).

to be maximally explicit about what values are allowed, and avoid the
"index" confusion.

Ray Jones


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