[Numpy-discussion] feedback request: proposal to add masks to the core ndarray

Charles R Harris charlesr.harris@gmail....
Sat Jun 25 09:27:57 CDT 2011

On Sat, Jun 25, 2011 at 6:00 AM, Gael Varoquaux <
gael.varoquaux@normalesup.org> wrote:

> On Sat, Jun 25, 2011 at 01:02:07AM +0100, Matthew Brett wrote:
> > I'm personally worried that the memory overhead of array.masks will
> > make many of us tend to avoid them.  I work with images that can
> > easily get large enough that I would not want an array-items size byte
> > array added to my storage.
> I work with the same kind of data ( :D ).
> The way we manipulate our data, in my lab, is, to represent 3D data with
> a mask to use a 1D array and a corresponding 3D mask. It reduces the
> memory footprint, to the cost of loosing the 3D shape of the data.
> I am raising this because it is an option that has not been suggested so
> far. I am not saying that it should be the option used to implement mask
> arrays, I am just saying that there are many different ways of doing it,
> and I don't think that there is a one-size-fits-all solution.
> I tend to feel like Wes: good building block to easily implement our own
> solutions is what we want.
Could you expand a bit on what sort of data you have and how you deal with
it. Where does it come from, how is it stored on disk, what do you do with
it? That sort of thing.

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