numpy.core.defchararray.less(x1, x2)[source]

Return (x1 < x2) element-wise.

Unlike numpy.greater, this comparison is performed by first stripping whitespace characters from the end of the string. This behavior is provided for backward-compatibility with numarray.

Parameters :

x1, x2 : array_like of str or unicode

Input arrays of the same shape.

Returns :

out : {ndarray, bool}

Output array of bools, or a single bool if x1 and x2 are scalars.