[Numpy-discussion] setmember1d: docstring vs. code

Robert Kern robert.kern@gmail....
Sat Mar 10 13:26:59 CST 2007

Jouni K. Seppänen wrote:

> I think that either the docstring (and the book) should be corrected
> to mention the assumption, or the code should be made to work in the
> arbitrary case.

This is the current docstring:

In [2]: setmember1d?
Type:           function
Base Class:     <type 'function'>
Namespace:      Interactive
Definition:     setmember1d(ar1, ar2)
    Return a boolean array of shape of ar1 containing True where the elements
    of ar1 are in ar2 and False otherwise.

    Use unique1d() to generate arrays with only unique elements to use as inputs
    to this function.

      - `ar1` : array
      - `ar2` : array

      - `mask` : bool array
        The values ar1[mask] are in ar2.

    :See also:
      numpy.lib.arraysetops has a number of other functions for performing set
      operations on arrays.

> I would prefer the latter choice (but perhaps the
> current code has some advantages).

Well, it has the advantage of existing. If you have an implementation that is
just as efficient, but works for general arrays, I'd love to see it.

Robert Kern

"I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma
 that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had
 an underlying truth."
  -- Umberto Eco

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