Numpy User Guide : Full Tutorial with Lots of Real Examples

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Numpy is the most used Python module in the field of data science. You can do many things using Numpy like creating arrays, matrices, doing complex computational work. For beginners learning NumPy is hard and that why I have bring this tutorial on Numpy User Guide. In this entire tutorial, you will learn all about the NumPy basics and advanced tutorials with the best examples. You will learn the following things in Numpy Tutorial.


1. Installing Numpy in Pycharm

I am doing most of the code in Pycharm. Therefore you should also install it in your Personal Computer so that you learn fast and see the same code as I have in my Pycharm. There is a full tutorial that will guide you to install NumPy in Pycharm 

2. Creating a NumPy array from Lists

Method: array()

Python array is different from the Numpy array. You can easily create a Numpy array from Lists using the np.array() method.

list = [1,2,3,4,5,6]
numpy_array = np.array(list)
creating a numpy array from list
Creation of Numpy Array from List


3. How to Print a NumPy array size?

To get the size of the Numpy array you can use the method size this will print out all the elements in the array. You can also use the len() method but in this case, it will return the size for the first dimension of the array that is the number of rows.

array_4x3 = np.arange(12).reshape(4,3)

array_4x3.size #Total number of elements

len(array_4x3) #Total number of Rows
Size of the Numpy Array
Size of the Numpy Array

4. Add More Values to the Existing Numpy Array

Method: append()

You can add some more values to the existing Numpy array using the append() method. There are different ways to add elements to NumPy and it depends upon the dimension of the existing array. You have to use the axis parameter inside the append() method. How to Append Numpy Array and Insert Elements? is the entire tutorial for adding or appending values to the existing Numpy array.

5. Find Maximum and Minimum element and its index

Methods: max(),min()

To find the maximum and minimum element in the Numpy array you have to use np.max() and np.min(). You can use in one dimension and multi-dimension you will get the element. In one dimension you can easily find index or position for the max or min value but in two dimensions it’s not easy. Find Max and Min Value of Numpy Array with its index ( 1D & 2D)  will guide you to entirely on this topic.

6. How to Sort Entire NumPy Array?

Method: sort()

You can sort the NumPy array using the sort() method. This method works for both the one dimensional array as well as a 2D array. Let’s look at the given example.

1D – Numpy Array

array_1d = np.array([10,30,20,5])
1D- Numpy Array Sorting
1D- Numpy Array Sorting

2D – Numpy Array

array_2d = np.array([[10,30,40],[60,5,20]])
2D- Numpy Array Sorting
2D- Numpy Array Sorting

7. Generate Random Numbers in Numpy

Method: rand()

Sometimes We want to get quick values for the NumPy array. Rather than creating numbers manually, you can use NumPy rand() method. For example, I want to create a random number of size 4 then I will pass the size =4 as arguments inside the rand() method.

random_array = np.random.rand(4)
1D-Random Number Created Numpy Array
1D-Random Number Created Numpy Array

You can also create 2D- Random array. Here you have to pass two values one for the row and second for the columns.

random_array_2d = np.random.rand(3,5)
2D-Random Number Created Numpy Array
2D-Random Number Created Numpy Array

8. How to Split Numpy Array?

Method: split() 

You can split both the 1D or 2D Array using the split() method. Inside the method arguments that required are the array you want to split, size ( parts you want to split ), and axis value. Axis value can be 0(row-wise) and 1(column-wise). By default, it is 0. Let’s create a simple array and split it.

array_1d = np.array([10,20,30,40,50,60])

#split the array into 3 parts

#split the array into 4 parts
Splitting the Numpy Array in 3 and 4 Sub Arrays
Splitting the Numpy Array in 3 and 4 Sub Arrays

You can read the dedicated article to split a numpy array to know more about splitting array for both one and two dimensions.

9. Normalize a Numpy Array

Method: linalg.norm()

There are various methods to normalize NumPy array and one of them is linalg.norm() method. It easily normalizes any array from 0 to 1 and returns it in a matrix form.  To demonstrate it lets create a  random NumPy array. Copy the code below.

array = np.random.rand(50) * 5
Creation of Random Numpy array
Creation of Random Numpy array

Now let’s normalize the array.

normalize1 = array / np.linalg.norm(array)
Normalization of Numpy array using Numpy
Normalization of Numpy array using Numpy Module

You can see the array has been normalized and the values of the array are changed between 0 to 1.

The other methods are mentioned in the Normalize a Numpy Array Post.

More Examples will be added soon in this numpy user guide. So Keep Visting.

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