Comparing an array of arrays element-wise and shallow to None

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Comparing an array of arrays element-wise and shallow to None

Martin Gfeller
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Dear all

I have object array of arrays, which I compare element-wise to None in various places:

>>> a =
>>> a
array([array([0, 1, 2, 3, 4]), None, nan, array([0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]), None],
>>> numpy.equal(a,None)
FutureWarning: comparison to `None` will result in an elementwise object comparison in the future.

So far, I always ignored the warning, for lack of an idea how to resolve it.

Now, with Numpy 1.13, I have to resolve the issue, because it fails with:

ValueError: The truth value of an array with more than one element is ambiguous. Use a.any() or a.all()

It seem that the numpy.equal is applied to each inner array, returning a Boolean array for each element, which cannot be coerced to a single Boolean.

The expression

>>> numpy.vectorize(operator.is_)(a,None)

gives the desired result, but feels a bit clumsy.

Is there a cleaner, efficient way to do an element-wise (but shallow) comparison?

Thank you and best regards,
Martin Gfeller, Swisscom