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# numpy.diag_indices¶

`numpy.``diag_indices`(n, ndim=2)[source]

Return the indices to access the main diagonal of an array.

This returns a tuple of indices that can be used to access the main diagonal of an array a with `a.ndim >= 2` dimensions and shape (n, n, …, n). For `a.ndim = 2` this is the usual diagonal, for `a.ndim > 2` this is the set of indices to access `a[i, i, ..., i]` for `i = [0..n-1]`.

Parameters
nint

The size, along each dimension, of the arrays for which the returned indices can be used.

ndimint, optional

The number of dimensions.

Notes

New in version 1.4.0.

Examples

Create a set of indices to access the diagonal of a (4, 4) array:

```>>> di = np.diag_indices(4)
>>> di
(array([0, 1, 2, 3]), array([0, 1, 2, 3]))
>>> a = np.arange(16).reshape(4, 4)
>>> a
array([[ 0,  1,  2,  3],
[ 4,  5,  6,  7],
[ 8,  9, 10, 11],
[12, 13, 14, 15]])
>>> a[di] = 100
>>> a
array([[100,   1,   2,   3],
[  4, 100,   6,   7],
[  8,   9, 100,  11],
[ 12,  13,  14, 100]])
```

Now, we create indices to manipulate a 3-D array:

```>>> d3 = np.diag_indices(2, 3)
>>> d3
(array([0, 1]), array([0, 1]), array([0, 1]))
```

And use it to set the diagonal of an array of zeros to 1:

```>>> a = np.zeros((2, 2, 2), dtype=int)
>>> a[d3] = 1
>>> a
array([[[1, 0],
[0, 0]],
[[0, 0],
[0, 1]]])
```