I couldn't have the transpose of this array in python.

Posted on 2012-04-13
Last Modified: 2012-04-16
Hi there;

Can you check and help me why I cannot have the transpose of this array?

Kind regards.
Question by:jazzIIIlove
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pepr earned 333 total points
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The matrix transposition means to reorganize a 2-dimensional matrix to the other 2D matrix so that rows become columns.  The 2D matrix is expressed as a list of rows where row is also a list.  Giving the array() only one list, you create only one-dimensional array where you cannot say if it is a column or a row.  Try the following:
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>>> import numpy
>>> a = numpy.array([[1, 2, 3],
...                 [11, 22, 33]])
>>> a
array([[ 1,  2,  3],
       [11, 22, 33]])
>>> b = a.transpose()
>>> b
array([[ 1, 11],
       [ 2, 22],
       [ 3, 33]])

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You can see here that two rows were transposed to three rows.

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zaghaghi earned 167 total points
ID: 37844861
instead of
a = numpy.arange(10)
a = numpy.arange(10).reshape(1,10)

so you have a 2D array.
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pepr earned 333 total points
ID: 37845816
Good idea by zaghaghi!  Think also about the fact that arange() is only one way of creating an array filled by certain values.  You can directly define the array with your values via numpy.array() -- double the brackets to express 2D array with one row.  Here it is illustrated both the zaghaghi's way and manually typed:
>>> import numpy
>>> a = numpy.arange(10).reshape(1,10)
>>> a
array([[0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9]])
>>> b = numpy.array([[0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9]])
>>> b
array([[0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9]])
>>> t = a.transpose()
>>> t

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The a and b are the same initially.

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