# [Numpy-discussion] numpy reference array

Chris Barker - NOAA Federal chris.barker@noaa....
Wed Mar 13 19:50:20 CDT 2013

```On Wed, Mar 13, 2013 at 6:56 AM, Matt U <mpuecker@mit.edu> wrote:
> Is it possible to create a numpy array which points to the same data in a
> different numpy array (but in different order etc)?

You can do this (easily), but only if the "different order" can be
defined in terms of strides. A simple example is a transpose:

In [3]: a = np.arange(12).reshape((3,4))

In [4]: a
Out[4]:
array([[ 0,  1,  2,  3],
[ 4,  5,  6,  7],
[ 8,  9, 10, 11]])

In [5]: b = a.T

In [6]: b
Out[6]:
array([[ 0,  4,  8],
[ 1,  5,  9],
[ 2,  6, 10],
[ 3,  7, 11]])

# b is the transpose of a
# but a view on the same data block:
# change a:
In [7]: a[2,1] = 44

In [8]: a
Out[8]:
array([[ 0,  1,  2,  3],
[ 4,  5,  6,  7],
[ 8, 44, 10, 11]])

# b is changed, too.
In [9]: b
Out[9]:
array([[ 0,  4,  8],
[ 1,  5, 44],
[ 2,  6, 10],
[ 3,  7, 11]])

check out "stride tricks" for clever things you can do.

But numpy does require that the data in your array be a contiguous
block, in order, so you can't arbitrarily re-arrange it while keeping
a view.

HTH,
-Chris

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