[Numpy-discussion] Error creating an array

Travis E. Oliphant oliphant@enthought....
Tue Aug 5 15:04:43 CDT 2008

Sameer DCosta wrote:
> On Tue, Aug 5, 2008 at 2:35 PM, Travis E. Oliphant
> <oliphant@enthought.com> wrote:
>> You must uses tuples for the individual "records" when constructing
>> arrays with the "array" command.
> Thanks Travis. Is there a reason why numpy insists on tuples?
Yeah..  complexity of the array command (it process a lot of cases).  
There may be a way to make it work differently for record arrays, but 
nobody has done that.
> Anyway, moving on, this brings me to the real problem I wanted to
> post. I can do an attribute lookup on an element of a recarray which
> has been created by fromrecords, however I cannot do attribute lookups
> on ndarrays that have been viewed as recarrays. Any ideas how to
> proceed.
You can always use b[0]['spam'] to look up the field.    The record is a 
new data-type sub-classed from void that allows attribute look up for 
field access.   Perhaps we should automatically convert the dtype at the 
same time that we convert type type.  But, I'm not really sure.

Basically, to get the behavior you want, the dtype of the array needs to 
be changed also to that of record instead of the void type with fields 
defined.   This is fundamentally different than changing just the 
type-object of the array itself to the record-array.

You can get the behavior you want with:

b = b.view(dtype=(np.record, b.dtype), type=np.recarray).

This manually changes not only the type of the array to a recarray but 
also the data-type of the elements in the array to be "records" (with 
attribute lookup of fields) instead of the default "void" type with 
fields accesible through mapping semantics.

Best regards,


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