[Numpy-discussion] Proper NaN handling in max and co: a redux

Charles R Harris charlesr.harris@gmail....
Thu Sep 25 23:53:53 CDT 2008

On Thu, Sep 25, 2008 at 10:15 PM, David Cournapeau <
david@ar.media.kyoto-u.ac.jp> wrote:

> Hi,
>    We started a small document to gather all information given in
> previous threads about NaN handling in max and co in numpy. Thanks to
> Anne (Archibald) for useful comments/additions/typo corrections:
> http://projects.scipy.org/scipy/numpy/wiki/ProperNanHandling
> We describe approaches taken by R and matlab for the relevant functions,
> and possible approaches to take in numpy. I have an patch almost ready
> (with tests) for the approach "Returning NaN" (Chuck said he would be
> willing to implement the sort/argsort part, which is the part missing in
> my current implementation).
> I think it would be nice for 1.3.0,

I'm also wondering about the sign ufunc. It should probably return nan for
nans, but -1,0,1 are the current values. We also need to decide which end of
the sorted values the nans should go to. I'm a bit partial to the beginning
but the end would be fine with me, it might even be a bit more natural as
searchsorted would find the beginning of the nans by default.

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