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

Neil Crighton neilcrighton@gmail....
Sun Jul 11 13:09:50 CDT 2010

Robert Kern <robert.kern <at> gmail.com> writes:

> On Sun, Jul 11, 2010 at 11:36, Rob Speer <rspeer <at> mit.edu> wrote:
> >> But the utility of named indices is not so clear
> >> to me. As I understand it, these new arrays will still only be
> >> able to have a single type of data (one of float, str, int and so
> >> on). This seems to be pretty limiting.
> Having ticks on *every* axis is the primary feature there.

I see, thanks.

So for Rob's example slide you could use a record array:

rec = np.rec.fromrecords(data, names='name,305,6,234')

(Here data is a list of tuples, each tuple giving the movie name + it's data.)

In this case it's easy to index by field name (rec['205']), but a trickier to 
choose the row using the movie name:

ind = dict((n,i) for i,n in enumerate(rec.name))

rec[ind['Wrong Trousers, The (1993)']]

So datarrays would make this easier.

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