[Numpy-discussion] Pattern for reading non-simple binary files

Eric Firing efiring@hawaii....
Fri Jan 23 16:17:44 CST 2009

Ryan May wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm trying to read in a data from a binary-formatted file. I have the data
> format, (available at:
> http://www1.ncdc.noaa.gov/pub/data/documentlibrary/tddoc/td7000.pdf if you're
> really curious), but it's not what I would consider simple, with a lot of
> different blocks and messages, some that are optional and some that have
> different formats depending on the data type.  My question is, has anyone dealt
> with data like this using numpy?  Have you found a good pattern for how to
> construct a numpy dtype dynamically to decode the different parts of the file
> appropriately as you go along?
> Any insight would be appreciated.
> Ryan



This gives an example of reading several related and rather complex 
binary file types generated by (oceanographic) acoustic Doppler current 
profilers.  I have not looked at the format you are dealing with, so I 
don't know if the methods I used are applicable to your case.


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