class numpy.vectorize(pyfunc, otypes='', doc=None, excluded=None, cache=False)[source]

Generalized function class.

Define a vectorized function which takes a nested sequence of objects or numpy arrays as inputs and returns a numpy array as output. The vectorized function evaluates pyfunc over successive tuples of the input arrays like the python map function, except it uses the broadcasting rules of numpy.

The data type of the output of vectorized is determined by calling the function with the first element of the input. This can be avoided by specifying the otypes argument.


pyfunc : callable

A python function or method.

otypes : str or list of dtypes, optional

The output data type. It must be specified as either a string of typecode characters or a list of data type specifiers. There should be one data type specifier for each output.

doc : str, optional

The docstring for the function. If None, the docstring will be the pyfunc.__doc__.

excluded : set, optional

Set of strings or integers representing the positional or keyword arguments for which the function will not be vectorized. These will be passed directly to pyfunc unmodified.

New in version 1.7.0.

cache : bool, optional

If True, then cache the first function call that determines the number of outputs if otypes is not provided.

New in version 1.7.0.


vectorized : callable

Vectorized function.


The vectorize function is provided primarily for convenience, not for performance. The implementation is essentially a for loop.

If otypes is not specified, then a call to the function with the first argument will be used to determine the number of outputs. The results of this call will be cached if cache is True to prevent calling the function twice. However, to implement the cache, the original function must be wrapped which will slow down subsequent calls, so only do this if your function is expensive.

The new keyword argument interface and excluded argument support further degrades performance.


>>> def myfunc(a, b):
...     "Return a-b if a>b, otherwise return a+b"
...     if a > b:
...         return a - b
...     else:
...         return a + b
>>> vfunc = np.vectorize(myfunc)
>>> vfunc([1, 2, 3, 4], 2)
array([3, 4, 1, 2])

The docstring is taken from the input function to vectorize unless it is specified

>>> vfunc.__doc__
'Return a-b if a>b, otherwise return a+b'
>>> vfunc = np.vectorize(myfunc, doc='Vectorized `myfunc`')
>>> vfunc.__doc__
'Vectorized `myfunc`'

The output type is determined by evaluating the first element of the input, unless it is specified

>>> out = vfunc([1, 2, 3, 4], 2)
>>> type(out[0])
<type 'numpy.int32'>
>>> vfunc = np.vectorize(myfunc, otypes=[np.float])
>>> out = vfunc([1, 2, 3, 4], 2)
>>> type(out[0])
<type 'numpy.float64'>

The excluded argument can be used to prevent vectorizing over certain arguments. This can be useful for array-like arguments of a fixed length such as the coefficients for a polynomial as in polyval:

>>> def mypolyval(p, x):
...     _p = list(p)
...     res = _p.pop(0)
...     while _p:
...         res = res*x + _p.pop(0)
...     return res
>>> vpolyval = np.vectorize(mypolyval, excluded=['p'])
>>> vpolyval(p=[1, 2, 3], x=[0, 1])
array([3, 6])

Positional arguments may also be excluded by specifying their position:

>>> vpolyval.excluded.add(0)
>>> vpolyval([1, 2, 3], x=[0, 1])
array([3, 6])


__call__(*args, **kwargs) Return arrays with the results of pyfunc broadcast (vectorized) over args and kwargs not in excluded.