[Numpy-discussion] use slicing as argument values?

Benjamin Root ben.root@ou....
Thu Jul 12 14:42:44 CDT 2012

On Thu, Jul 12, 2012 at 3:38 PM, Chao YUE <chaoyuejoy@gmail.com> wrote:

> Dear all,
> I want to create a function and I would like one of the arguments of the
> function to determine what slicing of numpy array I want to use.
> a simple example:
> a=np.arange(100).reshape(10,10)
> suppose I want to have a imaging function to show image of part of this
> data:
> def show_part_of_data(m,n):
>     plt.imshow(a[m,n])
> like I can give m=3:5, n=2:7, when I call function
> show_part_of_data(3:5,2:7), this means I try to do plt.imshow(a[3:5,2:7]).
> the above example doesn't work in reality. but it illustrates something
> similar that I desire, that is, I can specify what slicing of
> number array I want by giving values to function arguments.
> thanks a lot,
> Chao

What you want to do is create slice objects.


is equivalent to

sl = slice(3, 5)


a[3:5, 5:14]

is equivalent to

sl = (slice(3, 5), slice(5, 14))

Furthermore, notation such as "::-1" is equivalent to slice(None, None, -1)

I hope this helps!
Ben Root
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