[SciPy-dev] Arrays as truth values?

Chris Fonnesbeck fonnesbeck at gmail.com
Thu Nov 10 14:15:42 CST 2005

On 11/7/05, Travis Oliphant <oliphant at ee.byu.edu> wrote:
> Steven H. Rogers wrote:
> >OK.  I can't think of a really good use case for using an array as a truth
> >value.  I would argue though, that it would make sense for an array of zeros
> >to be False and an array with any non-zero values to be True.
> >
> >
> I agree this makes sense.  That's why it used to be the default
> behavior.   But you can already get that behavior with any(a).
> There will be many though, I'm afraid, who think b or a ought to return
> element-wise like b | a does.  This is not possible in Python.  Raising
> an error will at least alert them to the problem which might otherwise
> give them misleading results.

I'm not quite sure how any() is supposed to work; does it just return
true if one or more element evaluates to true?

In my current code, I have the following:

if sum(lower>=median or median>=upper): <do something>

which returns a ValueError. What is the best way to detect elements in
one array that are less than the corresponding element in the other
without constructing a list comprehension?

Thanks for the clarification,
Chris Fonnesbeck
Atlanta, GA

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