[Numpy-discussion] inheriting from recarray with nested dtypes

Geoffrey Irving irving@naml...
Thu Mar 28 13:16:48 CDT 2013


I have the following two structured dtypes:

    rotation (quaternion) = dtype([('s','f8'),('v','3f8')])
    frame = dtype([('t','3f8'),('r',rotation)])

For various reasons, I usually store rotation arrays in a class
Rotations deriving from ndarray, and frames in a class Frames deriving
from ndarray.

Currently I am defining .s, .v, .t, and .r properties manually, and
I'd like to switch to inheriting from recarray.  However, the .r
property should return an array of class Rotations.  I.e.,

    f = Frames(...) # f.dtype = frame
    r = f.r # r.dtype = rotation, type(r) = Rotations

Is there a clean way to tell recarray to adjust the type returned?  It
already has a bit of intelligence there, since it returns ndarray vs.
recarray based on whether the returned dtype has fields.

The full code is here in case anyone is curious:

    https://github.com/otherlab/core/blob/master/vector/Frame.py
    https://github.com/otherlab/core/blob/master/vector/Rotation.py

Thanks,
Geoffrey


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