[SciPy-user] More problems with Sparse

Robert Kern rkern at ucsd.edu
Wed Oct 27 02:16:12 CDT 2004

Nils Wagner wrote:
> Hi Travis,
> A few days ago I have reported on the following bug in sparse. (recent 
> Bug tracker entries)
> It would be nice if this problem could be fixed.
> Thanks in advance.
> Nils
>>>> from scipy import *
>>>> A = sparse.dok_matrix()
>>>> A[0,0] = 1j
>>>> A.todense()
> Traceback (most recent call last):
>  File "<stdin>", line 1, in ?
>  File "/usr/lib/python2.3/site-packages/scipy/sparse/Sparse.py", line 
> 1326, in todense
>    new[ikey0,ikey1] = self[key]
> TypeError: can't convert complex to float; use abs(z)

It's difficult to determine beforehand if a matrix needs to be complex 
or not. The default typecode for the dense array is 'd' (double 
precision real). Use the typecode keyword argument to todense() to 
choose something else.



I found this out in 30 seconds by looking at the source code.

Robert Kern
rkern at ucsd.edu

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