[SciPy-user] problem referencing single element arrays

Anne Archibald peridot.faceted@gmail....
Wed Apr 30 21:41:40 CDT 2008

2008/4/30 Alan Jackson <alan@ajackson.org>:
> Having a problem with numpy that has me stumped.
>  I have a large set of arrays. I want to set up cross reference lists of
>  elements within those arrays, with the lists just being pointers to the objects
>  (floating point numbers) stored in the arrays.
>  The problem is that some arrays have only a single element, so when I try to
>  store a[0] for a single element array, I get an error, "0-d arrays can't be
>  indexed". How do I get a pointer to the object stored and not the array for
>  single element arrays?
>  Or maybe I don't want to be doing this?

Well, I'm not totally sure I know what you mean, but I think what you
want can be done in a reasonable way. Numpy has two subtly different
kinds of object, scalars and rank zero arrays; I think rank zero
arrays can be made to do what you want, more or less, but they're kind
of a neglected corner case. But a rank-1 array that happens to have
only one element should behave in a perfectly reasonable fashion, and
indexing it with [0] should work fine. The only trick is constructing
one the right way: if A is a rank-1 array and we want to make a view
that lets us get at element j, we can do
e = A[j:j+1]
and then, for example,
e[0] = newvalue


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