Term | Description |

π©βπ§ Vectorization | A way to speed up the Python code |

β Broadcasting | Another technique to make Python code run faster by stretching arrays |

π’ Rank of an Array | The number of dimensions it has |

1οΈβ£ Rank 1 Array | An array that has only one dimension |

A scalar is considered to have rank zero ββ

Vectorization is used to speed up the Python *(or Matlab)* code without using loop. Using such a function can help in minimizing the running time of code efficiently. Various operations are being performed over vector such as *dot product* of vectors, *outer products* of vectors and *element wise multiplication*.

Faster execution (allows parallel operations) π¨βπ§

Simpler and more readable code :sparkles:

Finding the *dot product* of two arrays:

import numpy as nparray1 = np.random.rand(1000)array2 = np.random.rand(1000)β# not vectorized versionresult=0for i in range(len(array1)):result += array1[i] * array2[i]# result: 244.4311β# vectorized versionv_result = np.dot(array1, array2)# v_result: 244.4311

array = np.random.rand(1000)exp = np.exp(array)

array = np.random.rand(1000)sigmoid = 1 / (1 + np.exp(-array))

Taking the square root of each element in the array

`np.sqrt(x)`

Taking the sum over all of the array's elements

`np.sum(x)`

Taking the absolute value of each element in the array

`np.abs(x)`

Applying

**trigonometric**functions on each element in the array`np.sin(x)`

,`np.cos(x)`

,`np.tan(x)`

Applying

**logarithmic**functions on each element in the array`np.log(x)`

,`np.log10(x)`

,`np.log2(x)`

Applying

**arithmetic**operations on corresponded elements in the arrays`np.add(x, y)`

,`np.subtract(x, y)`

,`np.divide(x, y)`

,`np.multiply(x, y)`

Applying

**power**operation on corresponded elements in the arrays`np.power(x, y)`

Getting

**mean**of an array`np.mean(x)`

Getting

**median**of an array`np.median(x)`

Getting

**variance**of an array`np.var(x)`

Getting

**standart deviation**of an array`np.std(x)`

Getting

**maximum or minimum**value of an array`np.max(x)`

,`np.min(x)`

Getting

**index**of maximum or minimum value of an array`np.argmax(x)`

,`np.argmin(x)`

The term broadcasting describes how *numpy* treats arrays with different shapes during arithmetic operations. Subject to certain constraints, the smaller array is **βbroadcastβ** across the larger array so that they have compatible shapes.

**Practically:**

If you have a matrix **A** that is `(m,n)`

and you want to add / subtract / multiply / divide with **B** matrix `(1,n)`

matrix then **B** matrix will be copied `m`

times into an `(m,n)`

matrix and then wanted operation will be applied

Similarly: If you have a matrix **A** that is `(m,n)`

and you want to add / subtract / multiply / divide with **B** matrix `(m,1)`

matrix then **B** matrix will be copied `n`

times into an `(m,n)`

matrix and then wanted operation will be applied

Long story short: Arrays (or matrices) with different sizes can not be added, subtracted, or generally be used in arithmetic. So it is a way to make it possible by stretching shapes so they have compatible shapes :sparkles:

a = np.array([[0, 1, 2],[5, 6, 7]] )b = np.array([1, 2, 3])print(a + b)β# Output: [[ 1 3 5]# [ 6 8 10]]

a = np.array( [[0, 1, 2],[5, 6, 7]] )c = 2print(a - c)# Output: [[-2 -1 0]# [ 3 4 5]]

x = np.random.rand(5)print('shape:', x.shape, 'rank:', x.ndim)β# Output: shape: (5,) rank: 1βy = np.random.rand(5, 1)print('shape:', y.shape, 'rank:', y.ndim)β# Output: shape: (5, 1) rank: 2βz = np.random.rand(5, 2, 2)print('shape:', z.shape, 'rank:', z.ndim)β# Output: shape: (5, 2, 2) rank: 3

It is recommended not to use rank 1 arrays

Rank 1 arrays may cause bugs that are difficult to find and fix, for example:

Dot operation on rank 1 arrays:

a = np.random.rand(4)b = np.random.rand(4)print(a)print(a.T)print(np.dot(a,b))β# Output# [0.40464616 0.46423665 0.26137661 0.07694073]# [0.40464616 0.46423665 0.26137661 0.07694073]# 0.354194202098512

Dot operation on rank 2 arrays:

a = np.random.rand(4,1)b = np.random.rand(4,1)print(a)print(np.dot(a,b))β# Output# [[0.68418713]# [0.53098868]# [0.16929882]# [0.62586001]]# [[0.68418713 0.53098868 0.16929882 0.62586001]]# ERROR: shapes (4,1) and (4,1) not aligned: 1 (dim 1) != 4 (dim 0)

Conclusion: We have to avoid using rank 1 arrays in order to make our codes more bug-free and easy to debug π