[SciPy-dev] are arrays hashable?

Alan G Isaac aisaac at american.edu
Tue Sep 20 10:44:46 CDT 2005

On Tue, 20 Sep 2005, Robert Kern apparently wrote: 

> Alan G Isaac wrote: 
>> A function that used to work fine with SciPy arrays 
>> now chokes on the new scipy.base, claiming that 
>> the new arrays are an unhashable type. 

>> For illustration only: 

>>>>> from scipy.base import * 
>>>>> d = arange(11) 
>>>>> set(d) 

>> Traceback (most recent call last): 
>>   File "<stdin>", line 1, in ? 
>> TypeError: unhashable type 

> Arrays were never hashable, nor should they be since they are mutable. 

Right.  Sorry.  But see below.

> The problem here is that set() isn't recognizing the array as an 
> iterable. With a slightly old CVS checkout, I get 

Actually iterability is recognized.
I can get a list from an array.
But the elements of the list are type long_arrtype,
which are not hashable!  Surely these should be hashable?
All variants of arrtype are apparently not considered 
hashable types.

In the meantime, how can I produce a list of hashable types 
from a ndarray?

Thank you,
Alan Isaac

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