[Numpy-discussion] `missing` argument in genfromtxt only a string?

Pierre GM pgmdevlist@gmail....
Tue Sep 15 12:56:08 CDT 2009

On Sep 15, 2009, at 10:44 AM, Skipper Seabold wrote:
>>>> How do you specify different dtypes in genfromtxt?
>> I could not see the information in the docstring and the dtype  
>> argument
>> does not appear to allow multiple dtypes.

Just give a regular dtype, or something that could be interpreted as  
such. Have a look at

> # a few incorrect ones
> s = StringIO("11.3abcde")
> data = np.genfromtxt(s, dtype=np.dtype(int, float, str), delimiter= 
> [1,3,5])

Non-legit at all, but a good idea in that case.

> # one I expected to work but have probably made an obvious mistake
> s.seek(0)
> data = np.genfromtxt(s, dtype=np.dtype('i8','f8','a5'),
> names=['myint','myfloat','mystring'], delimiter=[1,3,5])

But this one works:
data=np.genfromtxt(s, dtype=np.dtype("i8,f8,a5"), names= 
['myint','myfloat','mystring'], delimiter=[1,3,5])

> Btw, you don't have to pass it as a dtype.  It just needs to be able  
> to pass
> if dtype is not None:
>    dtype = np.dtype(dtype)
> I would like to see something like this, as it does when dtype is
> None, but then we would have to have a type argument, maybe rather
> than a dtype argument.

'k. Gonna see what I can do.

> Again, while I'm on it...I noticed the argument to specify the
> autostrip argument that can be provided to _iotools.LineSplitter is
> always False.  If this does, what I think (no time to test yet), it
> might be nice to be able to specify this in genfromtxt.

Would you mind giving me an example of usage with the corresponding  
expected output, so that I can work on it ?

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