[Numpy-discussion] Serializing numpy record array

Robert Kern robert.kern@gmail....
Sun Jun 13 20:04:11 CDT 2010

On Sun, Jun 13, 2010 at 19:52, Vishal Rana <ranavishal@gmail.com> wrote:
> I created a record array (from strings and floats) with no dtype defined as:
> ra = np.core.records.fromrecords(sq_list, names=("a", "b", "c"))
> ra.a is found to be of type numpy.float64, when I serialize it using pyamf
> under Mac OS X it works great but under ubuntu 10.04 it fails. Looks like
> serialization is failing for type numpy.float64.

Please don't just say that something fails. Show us exactly what you
did (copy-and-paste a minimal, but complete example of the code that
fails) and show us exactly what errors you get (copy-and-paste the

Since I'm sure most of us here aren't familiar with the details of
PyAMF, perhaps you can read its documentation or its code to determine
exactly how it is trying to serialize objects and tell us that. Is it
using pickle? Is it using its own scheme?

> Is the any work around, I
> was trying to set dtype=object is that ok?

Probably not what you want.

> Also how can I set same dtype (for eg. object) for all a, b, and c?

In [3]: x = np.rec.fromrecords([('string', 10, 15.5)], names=['a', 'b', 'c'])

In [4]: x
rec.array([('string', 10, 15.5)],
      dtype=[('a', '|S6'), ('b', '<i4'), ('c', '<f8')])

In [5]: x.astype(np.dtype([('a', object), ('b', object), ('c', object)]))
rec.array([('string', 10, 15.5)],
      dtype=[('a', '|O4'), ('b', '|O4'), ('c', '|O4')])

Robert Kern

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though it had an underlying truth."
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