[Numpy-discussion] isn't it a bug? (matrix multiplication)

Christopher Barker Chris.Barker@noaa....
Thu Feb 7 13:10:16 CST 2008

Alan G Isaac wrote:
> On Thu, 07 Feb 2008, dmitrey apparently wrote:
>> a = array((1.0, 2.0))
>> e = array(15)
>> e *= a # ... yields error:
> You are trying to stuff in two values where
> you have only allocated space for 1.

Exactly. but to expound a bit more:

The ?= operators are in-place operators -- they attempt to modify the 
left hand side in-place. The regular math operators create a new array, 
which can be a different size than either of the two operands, thanks to 
"array broadcasting".

x *= y should be the same as x = x*y iff the size of x*y is the same 
size as x.

That's why:

 >>> e
 >>> a
array([ 1.,  2.])

 >>> e*=a
fails, but:

 >>> a*=e
 >>> a
array([ 15.,  30.])


One more note: you're doing element-wise array multiplication, not 
matrix multiplication -- a distinction that does matter sometimes.


Christopher Barker, Ph.D.

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