[Numpy-discussion] Matlab/Numpy index order

Ryan May rmay31@gmail....
Tue May 12 14:55:16 CDT 2009

On Tue, May 12, 2009 at 2:51 PM, brechmos <craig@brechmos.org> wrote:

> So, in Numpy I have to reshape it so the "slices" are in the first
> dimension.  Obviously, I can do a b.transpose( (1,2,0) ) to get it to look
> like Matlab, but...
> I don't understand why the index ordering is different between Matlab and
> Numpy.  (It isn't a C/Fortran ordering thing, I don' think).

Actually, that's precisely the reason.

> Is the data access faster if I have b without the tranpose, or can I
> transpose it so it "looks" like Matlab without taking a hit when I do
> imshow( b[:,:,0] ).

It's going to be faster to do it without the transpose.  Besides, for numpy,
that imshow becomes:


Which, IMHO, looks better than Matlab.


Ryan May
Graduate Research Assistant
School of Meteorology
University of Oklahoma
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