[SciPy-dev] Example of power of new data-type descriptors.

Travis Oliphant oliphant.travis at ieee.org
Sat Jan 7 21:36:04 CST 2006

Hugo Gamboa wrote:

>I was looking at these new datatype mechanisms, and was unable to make
>an array string compare.
>example: (using Travis code)
>Out[49]: array([Bill, Fred], dtype=(string,30))
>In [50]: a['name']=='Bill'
>Out[50]: False
>In [51]: a['name'].__eq__('Bill')
>Out[51]: NotImplemented
>I expected that a['name']=='Bill' would return [True, False]
Problem is nobody has implemented that yet for strings. Comparisons go 
through universal functions.  And there is no support for 
flexible-length arrays in the universal functions (ufuncs) right now.  
We could special-case the (rich) comparisons for strings and unicodes 
rather easily (and I think we should),  but that hasn't been done yet.   
Right now, the chararray does implement equality testing (in Python so 
more slowly).

Use a.view(numpy.chararray)  to get a chararray.  But, note the 
chararray has not been well-tested, yet.


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