[Numpy-discussion] Strange behavior for argsort() and take()

Stéfan van der Walt stefan@sun.ac...
Wed Jun 18 11:53:23 CDT 2008

2008/6/18 Anne Archibald <peridot.faceted@gmail.com>:
> In [7]: x.take(x.argsort())
> Out[7]: array([ 0. ,  0.1,  0.2,  0.3])
> If you would like to think of it more mathematically, when you feed
> np.argsort() an array that represents a permutation of the numbers
> 0,1,...,n-1, you get back the inverse permutation. When you pass a
> permutation as the argument to x.take(), you apply the permutation to
> x. (You can also invert a permutation by feeding it as indices to
> arange(n)).
> I have been tempted to write some support functions for manipulating
> permutations, but I'm not sure how generally useful they would be.

Do we have an easy way of grabbing the elements out of an array that
correspond to

argmax(x, axis) ?

`take` won't do the job; there `axis` has a different meaning.


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