[Numpy-discussion] searchsorted for exact matches, not preserving order

Andrew Jaffe a.h.jaffe@gmail....
Fri Sep 11 15:46:40 CDT 2009

On 11/09/2009 08:33, Robert Kern wrote:
> On Fri, Sep 11, 2009 at 10:24, Andrew Jaffe<a.h.jaffe@gmail.com>  wrote:
>> Dear all,
>> I've got two (integer) arrays, and I want to find the indices in the
>> first one that have entries in the second. I.E. I want all idx s.t.
>> there exists a j with a[idx]=b[j]. Here is my current implementation
>> (with a = pixnums, b=surveypix)
> numpy.setmember1d() [or numpy.in1d() for the SVN trunk of numpy].

Thanks. But in fact this fails for my (possibly corner or edge) case: 
when the first array has duplicates that, in fact, are not in the second 
array, indices corresponding to those entries get returned. In general, 
duplicates are not necessarily treated right by this algorithm, I don't 

I can understand that this may be a feature, not a bug, but in fact for 
my use-case I want the algorithm to return the indices corresponding to 
all entries in ar1 with the same value, if that value appears anywhere 
in ar2.



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