Notable differences with numpy¶
xtensor and numpy are very different libraries in their internal semantics. While xtensor is a lazy expression system, Numpy manipulates in-memory containers, however, similarities in APIs are obvious. See e.g. the numpy to xtensor cheat sheet.
And this page tracks the subtle differences of behavior between numpy and xtensor.
With numpy, 0-D arrays are nearly indistinguishable from scalars. This led to some issues w.r.t. universal functions returning scalars with 0-D array inputs instead of actual arrays…
In xtensor, 0-D expressions are not implicitely convertible to scalar values. Values held by 0-D
expressions can be accessed in the same way as values of higher dimensional arrays, that is with
Numpy’s version of meshgrid supports two modes: the ‘xy’ indexing and the ‘ij’ indexing.
The following code
import numpy as np x1, x2, x3, x4 = , [10, 20], [100, 200, 300], [1000, 2000, 3000, 4000] ij = np.meshgrid(x1, x2, x3, x4, indexing='ij') xy = np.meshgrid(x1, x2, x3, x4, indexing='xy') print 'ij:', [m.shape for m in ij] print 'xy:', [m.shape for m in xy]
ij: [(1, 2, 3, 4), (1, 2, 3, 4), (1, 2, 3, 4), (1, 2, 3, 4)] xy: [(2, 1, 3, 4), (2, 1, 3, 4), (2, 1, 3, 4), (2, 1, 3, 4)]
In other words, the ‘xy’ indexing, which is the default only reverses the first two dimensions compared to the ‘ij’ indexing.
xtensor’s version of meshgrid corresponds to the ‘ij’ indexing.
The random module¶
Like most functions of xtensor, functions of the random module return expressions that don’t hold any value.
Every time an element is accessed, a new random value is generated. To fix the values of a generator, it should be assigned to a container such as xarray or xtensor.
Support of missing values in numpy can be emulated with the masked array module, which provides a means to handle arrays that have missing or invalid data.
Support of missing values in xtensor is done through a notion of optional values, implemented in
xoptional<T, B>, which serves both as a value type for container and as a reference proxy for optimized storage types. See the section of the documentation on Missing values.
Strided containers of xtensor and numpy having the same exact memory layout may have different strides when accessing them through the
The reason is an optimization in xtensor, which is to set the strides to
0 in dimensions of length
1, which simplifies the implementation of broadcasting of universal functions.