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NumPy 1.10.0 Release Notes

This release supports Python 2.6 - 2.7 and 3.2 - 3.5.


  • numpy.distutils now supports parallel compilation via the –parallel/-j argument passed to build

  • numpy.distutils now supports additional customization via site.cfg to control compilation parameters, i.e. runtime libraries, extra linking/compilation flags.

  • Addition of np.linalg.multi_dot: compute the dot product of two or more arrays in a single function call, while automatically selecting the fastest evaluation order.

  • The new function np.stack provides a general interface for joining a sequence of arrays along a new axis, complementing np.concatenate for joining along an existing axis.

  • Addition of nanprod to the set of nanfunctions.

  • Support for the ‘@’ operator in Python 3.5.

Dropped Support

  • The _dotblas module has been removed. CBLAS Support is now in Multiarray.

  • The file has been removed.

  • The file has been removed.

  • npy_PyFile_Dup and npy_PyFile_DupClose have been removed from npy_3kcompat.h.

  • splitcmdline has been removed from numpy/distutils/

  • try_run and get_output have been removed from numpy/distutils/command/

  • The a._format attribute is no longer supported for array printing.

  • Keywords skiprows and missing removed from np.genfromtxt.

  • Keyword old_behavior removed from np.correlate.

Future Changes

  • In array comparisons like arr1 == arr2, many corner cases involving strings or structured dtypes that used to return scalars now issue FutureWarning or DeprecationWarning, and in the future will be change to either perform elementwise comparisons or raise an error.

  • In np.lib.split an empty array in the result always had dimension (0,) no matter the dimensions of the array being split. In Numpy 1.11 that behavior will be changed so that the dimensions will be preserved. A FutureWarning for this change has been in place since Numpy 1.9 but, due to a bug, sometimes no warning was raised and the dimensions were already preserved.

  • The SafeEval class will be removed in Numpy 1.11.

  • The alterdot and restoredot functions will be removed in Numpy 1.11.

See below for more details on these changes.

Compatibility notes

Default casting rule change

Default casting for inplace operations has changed to 'same_kind'. For instance, if n is an array of integers, and f is an array of floats, then n += f will result in a TypeError, whereas in previous Numpy versions the floats would be silently cast to ints. In the unlikely case that the example code is not an actual bug, it can be updated in a backward compatible way by rewriting it as np.add(n, f, out=n, casting='unsafe'). The old 'unsafe' default has been deprecated since Numpy 1.7.

numpy version string

The numpy version string for development builds has been changed from to x.y.z.dev0+githash (note the +) in order to comply with PEP 440.

relaxed stride checking

NPY_RELAXED_STRIDE_CHECKING is now true by default.

UPDATE: In 1.10.2 the default value of NPY_RELAXED_STRIDE_CHECKING was changed to false for back compatibility reasons. More time is needed before it can be made the default. As part of the roadmap a deprecation of dimension changing views of f_contiguous not c_contiguous arrays was also added.

Concatenation of 1d arrays along any but axis=0 raises IndexError

Using axis != 0 has raised a DeprecationWarning since NumPy 1.7, it now raises an error.

np.ravel, np.diagonal and np.diag now preserve subtypes

There was inconsistent behavior between x.ravel() and np.ravel(x), as well as between x.diagonal() and np.diagonal(x), with the methods preserving subtypes while the functions did not. This has been fixed and the functions now behave like the methods, preserving subtypes except in the case of matrices. Matrices are special cased for backward compatibility and still return 1-D arrays as before. If you need to preserve the matrix subtype, use the methods instead of the functions.

rollaxis and swapaxes always return a view

Previously, a view was returned except when no change was made in the order of the axes, in which case the input array was returned. A view is now returned in all cases.

nonzero now returns base ndarrays

Previously, an inconsistency existed between 1-D inputs (returning a base ndarray) and higher dimensional ones (which preserved subclasses). Behavior has been unified, and the return will now be a base ndarray. Subclasses can still override this behavior by providing their own nonzero method.


The changes to swapaxes also apply to the PyArray_SwapAxes C function, which now returns a view in all cases.

The changes to nonzero also apply to the PyArray_Nonzero C function, which now returns a base ndarray in all cases.

The dtype structure (PyArray_Descr) has a new member at the end to cache its hash value. This shouldn’t affect any well-written applications.

The change to the concatenation function DeprecationWarning also affects PyArray_ConcatenateArrays,

recarray field return types

Previously the returned types for recarray fields accessed by attribute and by index were inconsistent, and fields of string type were returned as chararrays. Now, fields accessed by either attribute or indexing will return an ndarray for fields of non-structured type, and a recarray for fields of structured type. Notably, this affect recarrays containing strings with whitespace, as trailing whitespace is trimmed from chararrays but kept in ndarrays of string type. Also, the dtype.type of nested structured fields is now inherited.

recarray views

Viewing an ndarray as a recarray now automatically converts the dtype to np.record. See new record array documentation. Additionally, viewing a recarray with a non-structured dtype no longer converts the result’s type to ndarray - the result will remain a recarray.

‘out’ keyword argument of ufuncs now accepts tuples of arrays

When using the ‘out’ keyword argument of a ufunc, a tuple of arrays, one per ufunc output, can be provided. For ufuncs with a single output a single array is also a valid ‘out’ keyword argument. Previously a single array could be provided in the ‘out’ keyword argument, and it would be used as the first output for ufuncs with multiple outputs, is deprecated, and will result in a DeprecationWarning now and an error in the future.

byte-array indices now raises an IndexError

Indexing an ndarray using a byte-string in Python 3 now raises an IndexError instead of a ValueError.

Masked arrays containing objects with arrays

For such (rare) masked arrays, getting a single masked item no longer returns a corrupted masked array, but a fully masked version of the item.

Median warns and returns nan when invalid values are encountered

Similar to mean, median and percentile now emits a Runtime warning and returns NaN in slices where a NaN is present. To compute the median or percentile while ignoring invalid values use the new nanmedian or nanpercentile functions.

Functions available from have changed

All functions from numpy.testing were once available from but not all of them were redefined to work with masked arrays. Most of those functions have now been removed from with a small subset retained in order to preserve backward compatibility. In the long run this should help avoid mistaken use of the wrong functions, but it may cause import problems for some.

New Features

Reading extra flags from site.cfg

Previously customization of compilation of dependency libraries and numpy itself was only accomblishable via code changes in the distutils package. Now numpy.distutils reads in the following extra flags from each group of the site.cfg:

  • runtime_library_dirs/rpath, sets runtime library directories to override


  • extra_compile_args, add extra flags to the compilation of sources

  • extra_link_args, add extra flags when linking libraries

This should, at least partially, complete user customization.

np.cbrt to compute cube root for real floats

np.cbrt wraps the C99 cube root function cbrt. Compared to np.power(x, 1./3.) it is well defined for negative real floats and a bit faster.

numpy.distutils now allows parallel compilation

By passing –parallel=n or -j n to build the compilation of extensions is now performed in n parallel processes. The parallelization is limited to files within one extension so projects using Cython will not profit because it builds extensions from single files.

genfromtxt has a new max_rows argument

A max_rows argument has been added to genfromtxt to limit the number of rows read in a single call. Using this functionality, it is possible to read in multiple arrays stored in a single file by making repeated calls to the function.

New function np.broadcast_to for invoking array broadcasting

np.broadcast_to manually broadcasts an array to a given shape according to numpy’s broadcasting rules. The functionality is similar to broadcast_arrays, which in fact has been rewritten to use broadcast_to internally, but only a single array is necessary.

New context manager clear_and_catch_warnings for testing warnings

When Python emits a warning, it records that this warning has been emitted in the module that caused the warning, in a module attribute __warningregistry__. Once this has happened, it is not possible to emit the warning again, unless you clear the relevant entry in __warningregistry__. This makes is hard and fragile to test warnings, because if your test comes after another that has already caused the warning, you will not be able to emit the warning or test it. The context manager clear_and_catch_warnings clears warnings from the module registry on entry and resets them on exit, meaning that warnings can be re-raised.

cov has new fweights and aweights arguments

The fweights and aweights arguments add new functionality to covariance calculations by applying two types of weighting to observation vectors. An array of fweights indicates the number of repeats of each observation vector, and an array of aweights provides their relative importance or probability.

Support for the ‘@’ operator in Python 3.5+

Python 3.5 adds support for a matrix multiplication operator ‘@’ proposed in PEP465. Preliminary support for that has been implemented, and an equivalent function matmul has also been added for testing purposes and use in earlier Python versions. The function is preliminary and the order and number of its optional arguments can be expected to change.

New argument norm to fft functions

The default normalization has the direct transforms unscaled and the inverse transforms are scaled by 1/n. It is possible to obtain unitary transforms by setting the keyword argument norm to "ortho" (default is None) so that both direct and inverse transforms will be scaled by 1/\\sqrt{n}.


np.poly now casts integer inputs to float

np.poly will now cast 1-dimensional input arrays of integer type to double precision floating point, to prevent integer overflow when computing the monic polynomial. It is still possible to obtain higher precision results by passing in an array of object type, filled e.g. with Python ints.

np.interp can now be used with periodic functions

np.interp now has a new parameter period that supplies the period of the input data xp. In such case, the input data is properly normalized to the given period and one end point is added to each extremity of xp in order to close the previous and the next period cycles, resulting in the correct interpolation behavior.

np.pad supports more input types for pad_width and constant_values

constant_values parameters now accepts NumPy arrays and float values. NumPy arrays are supported as input for pad_width, and an exception is raised if its values are not of integral type.

np.argmax and np.argmin now support an out argument

The out parameter was added to np.argmax and np.argmin for consistency with ndarray.argmax and ndarray.argmin. The new parameter behaves exactly as it does in those methods.

More system C99 complex functions detected and used

All of the functions in complex.h are now detected. There are new fallback implementations of the following functions.

  • npy_ctan,

  • npy_cacos, npy_casin, npy_catan

  • npy_ccosh, npy_csinh, npy_ctanh,

  • npy_cacosh, npy_casinh, npy_catanh

As a result of these improvements, there will be some small changes in returned values, especially for corner cases.

np.loadtxt support for the strings produced by the float.hex method

The strings produced by float.hex look like 0x1.921fb54442d18p+1, so this is not the hex used to represent unsigned integer types.

np.isclose properly handles minimal values of integer dtypes

In order to properly handle minimal values of integer types, np.isclose will now cast to the float dtype during comparisons. This aligns its behavior with what was provided by np.allclose.

np.allclose uses np.isclose internally.

np.allclose now uses np.isclose internally and inherits the ability to compare NaNs as equal by setting equal_nan=True. Subclasses, such as, are also preserved now.

np.genfromtxt now handles large integers correctly

np.genfromtxt now correctly handles integers larger than 2**31-1 on 32-bit systems and larger than 2**63-1 on 64-bit systems (it previously crashed with an OverflowError in these cases). Integers larger than 2**63-1 are converted to floating-point values.

np.load, have pickle backward compatibility flags

The functions np.load and have additional keyword arguments for controlling backward compatibility of pickled Python objects. This enables Numpy on Python 3 to load npy files containing object arrays that were generated on Python 2.

MaskedArray support for more complicated base classes

Built-in assumptions that the baseclass behaved like a plain array are being removed. In particular, setting and getting elements and ranges will respect baseclass overrides of __setitem__ and __getitem__, and arithmetic will respect overrides of __add__, __sub__, etc.


dotblas functionality moved to multiarray

The cblas versions of dot, inner, and vdot have been integrated into the multiarray module. In particular, vdot is now a multiarray function, which it was not before.

stricter check of gufunc signature compliance

Inputs to generalized universal functions are now more strictly checked against the function’s signature: all core dimensions are now required to be present in input arrays; core dimensions with the same label must have the exact same size; and output core dimension’s must be specified, either by a same label input core dimension or by a passed-in output array.

views returned from np.einsum are writeable

Views returned by np.einsum will now be writeable whenever the input array is writeable.

np.argmin skips NaT values

np.argmin now skips NaT values in datetime64 and timedelta64 arrays, making it consistent with np.min, np.argmax and np.max.


Array comparisons involving strings or structured dtypes

Normally, comparison operations on arrays perform elementwise comparisons and return arrays of booleans. But in some corner cases, especially involving strings are structured dtypes, NumPy has historically returned a scalar instead. For example:

### Current behaviour

np.arange(2) == "foo"
# -> False

np.arange(2) < "foo"
# -> True on Python 2, error on Python 3

np.ones(2, dtype="i4,i4") == np.ones(2, dtype="i4,i4,i4")
# -> False

Continuing work started in 1.9, in 1.10 these comparisons will now raise FutureWarning or DeprecationWarning, and in the future they will be modified to behave more consistently with other comparison operations, e.g.:

### Future behaviour

np.arange(2) == "foo"
# -> array([False, False])

np.arange(2) < "foo"
# -> error, strings and numbers are not orderable

np.ones(2, dtype="i4,i4") == np.ones(2, dtype="i4,i4,i4")
# -> [False, False]


The SafeEval class in numpy/lib/ is deprecated and will be removed in the next release.

alterdot, restoredot

The alterdot and restoredot functions no longer do anything, and are deprecated.

pkgload, PackageLoader

These ways of loading packages are now deprecated.

bias, ddof arguments to corrcoef

The values for the bias and ddof arguments to the corrcoef function canceled in the division implied by the correlation coefficient and so had no effect on the returned values.

We now deprecate these arguments to corrcoef and the masked array version ma.corrcoef.

Because we are deprecating the bias argument to ma.corrcoef, we also deprecate the use of the allow_masked argument as a positional argument, as its position will change with the removal of bias. allow_masked will in due course become a keyword-only argument.

dtype string representation changes

Since 1.6, creating a dtype object from its string representation, e.g. 'f4', would issue a deprecation warning if the size did not correspond to an existing type, and default to creating a dtype of the default size for the type. Starting with this release, this will now raise a TypeError.

The only exception is object dtypes, where both 'O4' and 'O8' will still issue a deprecation warning. This platform-dependent representation will raise an error in the next release.

In preparation for this upcoming change, the string representation of an object dtype, i.e. np.dtype(object).str, no longer includes the item size, i.e. will return '|O' instead of '|O4' or '|O8' as before.