[Numpy-discussion] masked record arrays

Thomas Robitaille thomas.robitaille@gmail....
Sat Nov 7 13:26:54 CST 2009

Pierre GM-2 wrote:
> Mmh. With a recent (1.3) version of numpy, you should already be able  
> to mask individual fields of a structured array without problems. If  
> you need fields to be accessed as attributes the np.recarray way, you  
> can give numpy.ma.mrecords.MaskedRecords a try. It's been a while I  
> haven't touched it, so you may run into the occasional bug. FYI, I'm  
> not a big fan of record arrays and tend to prefer structured ones...
> What two implementations were you talking about ?
> In any case, feel free to try and please, report any issue you run  
> into with MaskedRecords.
> Cheers

Thanks for the advice! I'm somewhat confused by the difference between
structured and record arrays. My understanding is that record arrays allow
you to access fields by attribute (e.g. r.field_name), but I imagine that
there are much more fundamental differences for the two to be treated
separately in numpy. I find the numpy documentation somewhat confusing in
that respect - if you have a look at this page


I think the 'aka record arrays' is especially confusing as this would
suggest the two are the same. So is there good information anywhere about
what exactly are the differences between the two? This page is also


as to me "Construct an ndarray that allows field access using attributes"
suggests that all a recarray is is an ndarray/structured array with
overloaded __getattr__/__setattr__ methods. Is that all recarrays are? If
so, why was a completely separate package developed for masked record arrays
- can one not just use masked structured arrays and overload



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