[Numpy-discussion] recarray field names

Erin Sheldon erin.sheldon at gmail.com
Wed Mar 15 16:15:04 CST 2006

On 3/15/06, Travis Oliphant <oliphant at ee.byu.edu> wrote:
> The dtype object does contain what you want.  In fact.  It's the fields
> attribute of the dtype object that is a dictionary accessed by field
> name.  Thus, to see if a field is a valid field itdentifier,
> if name in t.dtype.fields:
> would work  (well there is a slight problem in that -1 is a special key
> to the dictionary that returns a list of field names ordered by offset
> and so would work also), but if you now that name is already a string,
> then no problem.

Yes, I see, but I think you meant

    if name in t.dtype.fields.keys():

which contains the -1 as a key.
   In [275]: t.dtype.fields.keys:
   Out[275]: ('tag1','tag2',-1)

So, since the last key points to the names, one can also do:
   In [279]: t.dtype.fields[-1]
   Out[279]: ('tag1', 'tag2')

which is not transparent, but does what you need.  For now, I'll probably
just write a simple function to wrap this.


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