[Numpy-discussion] how to create an array of objects that are sequences?

Pearu Peterson pearu@cens.ioc...
Fri Jan 4 13:03:29 CST 2008

On Fri, January 4, 2008 8:00 pm, Pearu Peterson wrote:
> On Fri, January 4, 2008 7:33 pm, Travis E. Oliphant wrote:
>> Pearu Peterson wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> Say, one defines
>>> class A(tuple):
>>>   def __repr__(self):
>>>     return 'A(%s)' % (tuple.__repr__(self))
>>> and I'd like to create an array of A instances.
>> The array function was designed a long time ago to inspect sequences and
>> flatten them.
>> Arguably, there should be more intelligence when an "object" array is
>> requested, but there is ambiguity about what the "right" thing to do is.
>> Thus, the current situation is that if you are creating object arrays,
>> the advice is to populate it after the fact.
>> So, create an empty object array and insert the entries the way you want
>> them:
>> a = np.empty(1,dtype=object)
>> a[0] = A((1,2))

> Meantime I was reading arrayobject.c and it seems that
> before objects are checked for being sequences, their
> __array_interface__ is accessed (eg in Array_FromSequence,
> discover_depth).
> Would this provide a solution if the class A would define
> a property __array_interface__? I just don't know what
> the data field should be for an object.

Ok, I found a partial solution:

class A(tuple):
    def __repr__(self):
        return 'A('+tuple.__repr__(self)+')'
    def __array_interface__(self):
        import numpy
        obj = numpy.empty(1,dtype=object)
        obj[0] = self
        return obj.__array_interface__.copy()

>>> from numpy import *
>>> array([A((1,2))])
array([[1, 2]], dtype=object)


>>> array(A((1,2)))
array([None], dtype=object)

PS: sorry about previous mail, Send was pressed accidentaly.

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