[Numpy-discussion] "aligned" matrix / ctypes

Robert Kern robert.kern@gmail....
Thu Apr 24 17:08:14 CDT 2008

On Thu, Apr 24, 2008 at 4:57 PM, Zachary Pincus <zachary.pincus@yale.edu> wrote:

>  The reason that one must slice before .view()ing to allow arbitrary
>  alignment is as follows. Imagine that we want rows of four 2-byte
>  shorts aligned to 3-byte boundaries. (Assume that we already have a
>  buffer that starts on a 3-byte boundary.) So we need an array that's 9
>  bytes wide by however many rows, and then we just want to use the
>  first eight bytes of row. If we slice first, we can get a strided
>  array that is eight bytes wide, and thus something that we can
>  interpret as four shorts. (That is, if .view() could handle strided
>  arrays.)
>  On the other hand, there's absolutely no way that we can .view()
>  before slicing, because our underlying array is 9 bytes wide, and you
>  can't look at 9 bytes as any integral number of 2-byte shorts.
>  So .view() should properly fail, and thus we can't get to the slicing.

Yes, you are right, sorry.

Robert Kern

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