Compressed index sets, generators and iterators

Tim Hochberg tim.hochberg at
Wed Nov 1 21:27:22 CST 2006

A. M. Archibald wrote:
> On 01/11/06, Bill Baxter <wbaxter at> wrote:
>> What's the reason iterators are not supported currently?
>> For instance  A[range(0,4)] works for a 1d A, but A[xrange(0,4)] does not.
>> Are iterators just too inefficient to bother with?
> If you want an iterator back, a generator comprehension will do it:
> (A[i] for i in xrange(0,4))
> If the result is to be a numpy array, the size must be known ahead of
> time (so that the memory can be allocated) and specified. At this
> point, and considering the overhead in calling back and forth to the
> generator, the cost of converting to a list (after all,
> A[list(xrange(0,40)] should work fine) isn't necessarily worth the
> trouble.
Another option for converting an iterator to a sequence that might be 
helpful, particularly if result is large, is to use fromiter. For example:

    a[numpy.fromiter(xrange(0,40, 2), int)]


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