Petter - 3 months ago 42

Python Question

Is there a quick way of replacing all NaN values in a numpy array with (say) the linearly interpolated values?

For example,

`[1 1 1 nan nan 2 2 nan 0]`

would be converted into

`[1 1 1 1.3 1.6 2 2 1 0]`

Answer

Lets define first a simple helper function in order to make it more straightforward to handle indices and logical indices of NaNs:

```
import numpy as np
def nan_helper(y):
"""Helper to handle indices and logical indices of NaNs.
Input:
- y, 1d numpy array with possible NaNs
Output:
- nans, logical indices of NaNs
- index, a function, with signature indices= index(logical_indices),
to convert logical indices of NaNs to 'equivalent' indices
Example:
>>> # linear interpolation of NaNs
>>> nans, x= nan_helper(y)
>>> y[nans]= np.interp(x(nans), x(~nans), y[~nans])
"""
return np.isnan(y), lambda z: z.nonzero()[0]
```

Now the `nan_helper(.)`

can now be utilized like:

```
>>> y= array([1, 1, 1, NaN, NaN, 2, 2, NaN, 0])
>>>
>>> nans, x= nan_helper(y)
>>> y[nans]= np.interp(x(nans), x(~nans), y[~nans])
>>>
>>> print y.round(2)
[ 1. 1. 1. 1.33 1.67 2. 2. 1. 0. ]
```

**---**

Although it may seem first a little bit overkill to specify a separate function to do just things like this:

```
>>> nans, x= np.isnan(y), lambda z: z.nonzero()[0]
```

it will eventually pay dividends.

So, whenever you are working with NaNs related data, just encapsulate all the (new NaN related) functionality needed, under some specific helper function(s). Your code base will be more coherent and readable, because it follows easily understandable idioms.

Interpolation, indeed, is a nice context to see how NaN handling is done, but similar techniques are utilized in various other contexts as well.