[Numpy-discussion] fiddling the strides of an array

Filip Wasilewski filip.wasilewski at gmail.com
Mon Nov 20 16:33:47 CST 2006

On 11/20/06, A. M. Archibald <peridot.faceted at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 20/11/06, Tim Hochberg <tim.hochberg at ieee.org> wrote:
> > I don't know how much help this will be, but, if the input array can be
> > mapped into a contiguous array using transpose, which looks to be the
> > case with at least one of the problematic cases you show here, you could
> > transpose so as to get a contiguous array and grab the buffer from that.
> > As for how to decide what transposes to do, while it sounds like a fun
> > problem, I don't have time to delve into it right now.
> I thought about that, actually, all you'd have to do is argsort the
> strides tuple. It still fails for arrays that are of the form a[::2],
> though, and I'm still hoping to find the secret code to access
> something I know numpy is perfectly capable of doing, so I don't
> really want to add such a grotty hack.

As a replacement for ndarray.__new__ you can use the array interface
protocol, at least until someone will come up with a better solution.
I tried your segment_axis (cut mode) with strided and axis swapped
multidimensional arrays and I think it works quite. The fiddle part
goes like this:

class My(object):
    def __init__(self, arr):
        self.__array_interface__ = arr.__array_interface__
        self.__array_interface__["strides"] = newstrides
        self.__array_interface__ai["shape"] = newshape
a = numpy.asarray(My(arr))


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