[Numpy-discussion] stacking record arrays

Benjamin Root ben.root@ou....
Mon Jun 21 13:58:52 CDT 2010

On Mon, Jun 21, 2010 at 1:51 PM, Robert Kern <robert.kern@gmail.com> wrote:

> On Mon, Jun 21, 2010 at 13:44, Benjamin Root <ben.root@ou.edu> wrote:
> > Hello,
> >
> > I ran into a somewhat counter-intuitive situation that probably should be
> > documented somewhere with respect to record (structured?) arrays.  I
> wanted
> > to stack multiple arrays together that had the same names for the
> columns.
> > Since I was imagining the columns as having the names (as opposed to
> rows),
> > I figured vstack() would do the job, but it merely created a sequence of
> > record arrays.  Turns out that I had to use hstack() to get what I
> wanted.
> Remember that your structured arrays are simply 1-D vectors of
> records. 1-D vectors are primarily treated as row vectors by things
> that care about "horizontal" and "vertical" for all dtypes, both
> records and "normal" scalars. It just gets a bit confusing because one
> often thinks of 1-D arrays of records as being rows and columns.
Yeah, that's what I ended up realizing after I noticed my output from vstack
wasn't what I expected, which made me try out hstack instead.

Ben Root

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