[Numpy-discussion] Re: range/arange

Robert Kern robert.kern at gmail.com
Thu Apr 13 05:17:05 CDT 2006

Pierre GM wrote:
> Folks,
> Could any of you explain me why the two following commands give different 
> results ? It's mere curiosity, for my personal edification.
> [(m-5)/10 for m in arange(1,10)]
> [0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0]
> [(m-5)/10 for m in range(1,10)]
> [-1, -1, -1, -1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0]

Python's rule for integer division is to round towards negative infinity. C's
rule (if it has one; I think it may be platform dependent) is to round towards
0. When it comes to arithmetic, numpy tends to expose the C behavior because
it's fastest. As Lars pointed out, the type of the object that you get from
iterating over an array is a numpy int32scalar object, so the numpy behavior is

Robert Kern
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