Numpy Repeat Example : How to use it ( 1D and 2D Array)

Numpy Repeat Example How to use it

Numpy repeat allows you to repeat elements of any dimensional array. With repeating of elements, it also flattens any multi-dimensional array into a single dimension array. In this entire tutorial, you will know various examples that implement the numpy repeat function.

Syntax of The Numpy repeat method

numpy.repeat(a, repeats, axis=None)

Here is the explanation of the parameter.

a: It is the input array and can be of any dimension, Single or Multi-Dimensional array.

repeats: Int or array of int type.

axis: The axis along which to repeat values. It can be 0 and 1. 

Examples of Numpy Repeat Function

Example 1: How to repeat a Single Number

Numpy repeat can be used to generate duplicates of a number.  For example, I am passing a=3 and repeats = 7. You will get the following output.



Repeat a Single Number
Repeat a Single Number

Example 2: Repeat a Single Dimensional Numpy Array

The method is the same for repeating the 1D Numpy array. Just pass it with the value of the repeat. For example, I want each element of the NumPy array to repeat two times. Then I will use the following code.

Array Creation 

array_1d = np.array([1,2,3,4,5,6])




Repeating of 1D Numpy Array
Repetition of 1D Numpy Array

In the same way, you can repeat elements any number of times. Try to repeat elements three times using the given code and paste its output in the comment box.


Example 2: Repeat Two Dimensional Numpy Array

Now let’s repeat a 2D array. Here it has 3 Cases. We will look at each of them. Let’s create a Sample 2D Numpy array.

2D Array Creation

array_2d = np.array([[1,2,3],[4,5,6],[7,8,9]])

Case 1: Flatten with Simple Repetition of 2D Array

If you don’t define the axis parameter in the NumPy repeat method, then the output of it is flattening the NumPy array.



Repeat of 2 D Numpy Array
Repetition of 2 D Numpy Array


Case 2: Repetition of 2D Array with axis =0, (TOWARDS ROW)

Now if you use the axis parameter then you will get a 2-D array as the output. Pass the axis =0 as an extra argument inside the repeat() method. The elements of the array will be repeated along rows or downward.

Repeation of 2 D Numpy Array with axis =0 (ROW-WISE)
Repetition of 2 D Numpy Array with axis =0 (ROW-WISE)

Case 3: Repetition of 2D Array with axis =1, (TOWARDS COLUMN)

In this case, if you will use axis =1, then elements will be repeated along with columns or horizontally. Execute the below lines of code.



Repeation of 2 D Numpy Array with axis =1 (COLUMN-WISE)
Repetition of 2 D Numpy Array with axis =1 (COLUMN-WISE)


Some readers might relate numpy.repeat() method with numpy.tile() method. As both return copies. But the main difference is that repeat() return copies of each element but tile() repeats the entire array.

Hope this tutorial has helped you in making duplicates of the NumPy array. If you want to more about it or some other queries then please contact us. We are always ready to help you.


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