# [Numpy-discussion] indexing question

Wes McKinney wesmckinn@gmail....
Mon Jun 21 19:03:05 CDT 2010

```On Mon, Jun 21, 2010 at 7:10 PM, Robert Kern <robert.kern@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Mon, Jun 21, 2010 at 17:42, Neal Becker <ndbecker2@gmail.com> wrote:
>> Robert Kern wrote:
>>
>>> On Mon, Jun 21, 2010 at 14:01, Neal Becker <ndbecker2@gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> Can I find an efficient way to do this?
>>>>
>>>> I have a 2d array, A, 80 rows by 880 columns.
>>>>
>>>> I have a vector, B, of length 80, with scalar indexes.
>>>
>>> I assume you mean 880.
>>>
>>>> I want a vector output C where
>>>> C[i] = A[b[i],i] (i=0,879)
>>>
>>> C = A[b, np.arange(880)]
>>>
>>
>> Thanks!  Just what I needed.
>>
>> I wouldn't have guessed this.  Do we have a wiki to save useful examples
>> like this?
>
> This kind of indexing is documented here:
>
>  http://docs.scipy.org/doc/numpy/reference/arrays.indexing.html#integer
>
> Various examples are on the wiki here:
>
>  http://www.scipy.org/Cookbook/Indexing
>
> --
> Robert Kern
>
> "I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless
> enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as
> though it had an underlying truth."
>  -- Umberto Eco
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And to be completely pedantic one could use ndarray.take to do this
about 3-4x faster (but less intuitively):

A.take(b * 880 + np.arange(880))
```