[Numpy-discussion] (newbie) How can I use NumPy to wrap my C++ class with 2-dimensional arrays?

Matthieu Brucher matthieu.brucher@gmail....
Thu Jul 30 01:52:07 CDT 2009


In fact, it's not that complicated. You may know the way how copying a
vector, and this is all you need
You will have to copy your data, it is the safest way to ensure that
the data is always valid.
For the std::vector<>[], I suggest you convert it to a single vector,
as the data inside this "array" is not contiguous and it can thus be
cumbersome to create a Numpy array from that.

Once the structure is prepared, you have to allocate the dimensions,
but this may be available online.

In case you know that the C++ data won't go away before the Python
array, you can always wrap the container
with SWIG.


2009/7/30 Raymond de Vries <reedev@zonnet.nl>:
> Hi everyone,
> (I sent this message yesterday as well but somehow it didn't come
> through...)
> I would like to ask your advice how I can use NumPy to wrap my existing
> C++ library with 2-dimensional arrays. I am wrapping the library with
> swig and I have the typemap function declaration. But now I am
> struggling a lot to find an implementation for getting access to the
> 2-dimensional arrays in my C++ classes. I have wrapped most of the
> library but the multi-dimensional arrays are problematic. From what I
> have read, I can use NumPy for this..
> There is so much information about NumPy, Numeric etc that it is not
> clear anymore which example I can use best. It's clear that NumPy is
> probably the way to go.
> This is a small example of the class that I would like to wrap:
> struct MyClass {
>  float array1[2][2];
>  std::vector<float> array2[2];
> };
> I've also read that I need to call import_array() but where should I put
> this?
> Is there a small example with NumPy c-api to wrap/convert my
> 2-dimensional arrays to python?
> Thanks a lot already
> Raymond
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