[Numpy-discussion] Subclassing ndarray with concatenate

Sebastian Berg sebastian@sipsolutions....
Tue Jan 22 06:44:33 CST 2013


On Tue, 2013-01-22 at 10:21 +0100, Todd wrote:
> I am trying to create a subclass of ndarray that has additional
> attributes.  These attributes are maintained with most numpy functions
> if __array_finalize__ is used.  
You can cover a bit more if you also implement `__array_wrap__`, though
unless you want to do something fancy, that just replaces the
`__array_finalize__` for the most part. But some (very few) functions
currently call `__array_wrap__` explicitly.

> The main exception I have found is concatenate (and hstack/vstack,
> which just wrap concatenate).  In this case, __array_finalize__ is
> passed an array that has already been stripped of the additional
> attributes, and I don't see a way to recover this information.  
There are quite a few functions that simply do not preserve subclasses
(though I think more could/should call `__array_wrap__` probably, even
if the documentation may say that it is about ufuncs, there are some
example of this already).
`np.concatenate` is one of these. It always returns a base array. In any
case it gets a bit difficult if you have multiple input arrays (which
may not matter for you).

> In my particular case at least, there are clear ways to handle corner
> cases (like being passed a class that lacks these attributes), so in
> principle there no problem handling concatenate in a general way,
> assuming I can get access to the attributes.
> So is there any way to subclass ndarray in such a way that concatenate
> can be handled properly?
Quite simply, no. If you compare masked arrays, they also provide their
own concatenate for this reason.

I hope that helps a bit...



> I have been looking extensively online, but have not been able to find
> a clear answer on how to do this, or if there even is a way.
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