[Numpy-discussion] filters for rows or columns

Giuseppe Aprea giuseppe.aprea@gmail....
Tue Aug 25 18:18:11 CDT 2009

On Tue, Aug 25, 2009 at 8:13 PM, Robert Kern<robert.kern@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Tue, Aug 25, 2009 at 11:07, Giuseppe Aprea<giuseppe.aprea@gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi list,
>> I wonder if there is any smarter way to apply a filter to a 2 dimensional array
>> than a for loop:
>> a=array(.......)
>> idxList=[]
>> for i in range(0,a.shape[1]):
>>       if (some condition on a[:,i]):
>>             idxList.append(i)
> Define a "some condition on a[:,i]" that is of interest to you, and I
> will show you how to do it. Roughly, you should define a function that
> takes 'a' and operates on it in bulk in order to get a boolean array
> of shape (a.shape[0],) evaluating the condition for each column. Then
> use numpy.where() on that boolean array to get indices if you actually
> need indices; frequently, you can just use the boolean array where you
> wanted the indices.
> --
> Robert Kern
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> enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as
> though it had an underlying truth."
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Hi,  I would like to do something like this

for i in range(0,a.shape[1]):
    if len(nonzero(a[:,i])[0])==1:   #want to extract column indices
of those columns which only have one non vanishing element

I already used where on !D array but I don't know if there is some function or
some kind of syntax which allow you to evaluate a condition for each


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