[Numpy-discussion] BOF notes: Fernando's proposal: NumPy ndarray with named axes

Robert Kern robert.kern@gmail....
Thu Jul 8 17:09:43 CDT 2010

On Thu, Jul 8, 2010 at 18:00, Bruce Southey <bsouthey@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Jul 8, 2010 at 4:39 PM, Rob Speer <rspeer@mit.edu> wrote:
>>>> Still, I have a question. Did you also agree that this should forcibly index
>>>> through ticks?
>>>>  arr.something[int]      -> tick-based indexing
>>> Yes.
>> I feel like people are talking about different things because it's
>> unclear what the .something is.
>> If the .something is an axis name, then no. arr.year[0] should get the
>> first year in the data, not the data from the "year 0".
>> If the .something is the attribute we use for named lookup (such as
>> ".named"), then yes. arr.named[2006] should get whatever tick is named
>> 2006 on the first axis.
>> -- Rob
>> _______________________________________________
> Then how is this not different than a record array?

A record array lets you label exactly one notional "axis" (which isn't
actually an axis as far as numpy is concerned). This lets you label
all of the axes in a multidimensional array.

Robert Kern

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though it had an underlying truth."
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