[Numpy-discussion] numpy.fromstring() : error handling ?

Christopher Barker Chris.Barker@noaa....
Sat Aug 9 01:18:29 CDT 2008

oc-spam66 wrote:
> Is it really how it should be ?
> I thought this method should be restrictive in what it accepts (because 
> the goal is to fill an array with precise dimensions).

if you know how big an array you want, then you should use the "count" 

np.fromstring("45.6 76.4", dtype=np.float, sep = ' ', count = 1)

> When floating 
> point numbers are mixed with something else, it should be parsed with a 
> regexp.

Or any number of other ways. Yes, fromstring (and from file) is for only 
the simplest of needs, very efficiently pulling a bunch of numbers from 

In any case, your example shows a bug, plain and simple. Parsing 
"kjhsdf" should not produce the number zero, period. I suppose what it 
should do it up for debate, it could either raise an exception or return 
an empty array. By the way, I've found another bug:

 >> np.fromstring("23 ", dtype=np.float, sep=" ", count=2)

array([  3.400000000e+01,   1.09284155e-305])

That really should raise an exception rather than returning garbage!

Oh well, it looks like there is some work to be done.


Christopher Barker, Ph.D.

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