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Python Data Analysis by Ivan Idris

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Fancy indexing

Fancy indexing is indexing that does not involve integers or slices, which is conventional indexing. In this tutorial, we will practice fancy indexing to set the diagonal values of the Lena photo to 0. This will draw black lines along the diagonals, crossing through them.

The following is the code for this tutorial with comments taken away. The full code is in fancy.py of this book's code bundle:

import scipy.misc
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt

lena = scipy.misc.lena()
xmax = lena.shape[0]
ymax = lena.shape[1]
lena[range(xmax), range(ymax)] = 0
lena[range(xmax-1,-1,-1), range(ymax)] = 0
plt.imshow(lena)
plt.show()

The following is a brief explanation of the preceding code:

  1. Set the values of the first diagonal to 0.

    To set the diagonal ...

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