[Numpy-discussion] strange behavior with a numpy array as member of a list

Tim Hirzel hirzel at resonon.com
Thu Nov 30 14:48:38 CST 2006

Thanks Robert.
That makes more sense now.  Although I am still a little puzzled by the 
equality behavior of an array.  for example:

 >>> a = numpy.arange(5)
 >>> None == a

 >>> 5 == a
array([False, False, False, False, False], dtype=bool)

 >>> class Empty:
 >>> e = Empty()
 >>> e == a
array([False, False, False, False, False], dtype=bool)

 >>> L = []
 >>> L == a

#this behavior seems consistent regardless of the dtype of the array:
 >>> b = numpy.array([None, 5])
 >>> b
array([None, 5], dtype=object)
 >>> b  == 4
array([False, False], dtype=bool)

What determines if an array tests for equality as the entire array or 

thanks again,

Robert Kern wrote:
> Tim Hirzel wrote:
>> Does this seem odd to anyone else?  I am not sure about the 
>> implementation of 'in' but it seems like a comparison is going funny 
>> somewhere.  Or I am missing something...
> Yes, list.__contains__ uses equality to test for membership, not identity.

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