[Numpy-discussion] dtype error in cumsum

Nikhil Padmanabhan npadmana at Princeton.EDU
Mon Jul 3 15:35:40 CDT 2006

(I sent the following from my gmail account, but that does not seem  
to have been accepted by sourceforge -- apologies in advance if it  
shows up twice)


(I saw some discussion of this on the mailing list, but was not sure  
if there was a solution reached, so I thought I'd ask again....) If I  
try to use cumsum on a numpy array with the dtype keyword, I get the  
wrong answer if dtype does not match that of the array. More  

Python 2.4.3 (#1, Apr  3 2006, 18:07:18)
[GCC 3.3 20030304 (Apple Computer, Inc. build 1666)] on darwin
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->> import numpy
->> numpy.__version__
->> a = numpy.arange(10002)
->> a.cumsum(dtype='f4')[-1]
->> a.cumsum(dtype='f8')[-1]
->> a.cumsum()[-1]
->> a.sum()
->> a.sum(dtype='f8')

Note that this only seems to affect cumsum(); sum() works just fine.  
And cumsum works fine for small arrays....

Am I misunderstanding what the dtype keyword in cumsum is, or doing  
something silly? I should not be overflowing any type bounds (I  

This is with the SVN numpy, on an iBook G4 running OS X 10.4.6

Thanks in advance,
-- Nikhil

Nikhil Padmanabhan
npadmana at princeton.edu
nikhil@(609) 258-4355

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