# Numeric arrays in Python¶

Links to NumPy’s webpage:

ASE makes heavy use of an extension to Python called NumPy. The
NumPy module defines an `ndarray`

type that can hold large arrays of
uniform multidimensional numeric data. An array is similar to a
`list`

or a `tuple`

, but it is a lot more powerful and efficient.

XXX More examples from everyday ASE-life here …

```
>>> import numpy as np
>>> a = np.zeros((3, 2))
>>> a[:, 1] = 1.0
>>> a[1] = 2.0
>>> a
array([[ 0., 1.],
[ 2., 2.],
[ 0., 1.]])
>>> a.shape
(3, 2)
>>> a.ndim
2
```

The conventions of numpy’s linear algebra package:

```
>>> import numpy as np
>>>
>>> # Make a random hermitian matrix, H
>>> H = np.random.rand(6, 6) + 1.j * np.random.rand(6, 6)
>>> H = H + H.T.conj()
>>>
>>> # Determine eigenvalues and rotation matrix
>>> eps, U = np.linalg.eigh(H)
>>>
>>> # Sort eigenvalues
>>> sorted_indices = eps.real.argsort()
>>> eps = eps[sorted_indices]
>>> U = U[:, sorted_indices]
>>>
>>> # Check that U diagonalizes H:
>>> print(np.dot(np.dot(U.T.conj(), H), U) - np.diag(eps))
>>> print(np.allclose(np.dot(np.dot(U.T.conj(), H), U), np.diag(eps)))
>>>
>>> # The eigenvectors of H are the *coloumns* of U:
>>> np.allclose(np.dot(H, U[:, 3]), eps[3] * U[:, 3])
>>> np.allclose(np.dot(H, U), eps * U)
```

The rules for multiplying 1D arrays with 2D arrays:

1D arrays and treated like shape (1, N) arrays (row vectors).

left and right multiplications are treated identically.

A length \(m\)

*row*vector can be multiplied with an \(n \times m\) matrix, producing the same result as if replaced by a matrix with \(n\) copies of the vector as rows.A length \(n\)

*column*vector can be multiplied with an \(n \times m\) matrix, producing the same result as if replaced by a matrix with \(m\) copies of the vector as columns.

Thus, for the arrays below:

```
>>> M = np.arange(5 * 6).reshape(5, 6) # A matrix af shape (5, 6)
>>> v5 = np.arange(5) + 10 # A vector of length 5
>>> v51 = v5[:, None] # A length 5 column vector
>>> v6 = np.arange(6) - 12 # A vector of length 6
>>> v16 = v6[None, :] # A length 6 row vector
```

The following identities hold:

```
v6 * M == v16 * M == M * v6 == M * v16 == M * v16.repeat(5, 0)
v51 * M == M * v51 == M * v51.repeat(6, 1)
```

The same rules apply for adding and subtracting 1D arrays to / from 2D arrays.