**Table of Contents**

- Introduction
- Reshaping an Array
- The NumPy
`base`

Attribute `reshape()`

Method Returns a View- The
`numpy.newaxis`

Method - The Unknown Dimension
- Flattening an Array

## Introduction

Reshaping an array means changing the shape of an array. To recap, the `shape`

attribute of an `ndarray`

object returns a tuple that gives the lengths of the corresponding array dimensions. By reshaping an array, we can add or remove dimensions or change the length in each dimension.

## Reshaping an Array

The most direct way of reshaping an array is using the `reshape()`

method.

Example

Reshaping a 1-D array.```
1a = np.arange(1, 13)
2print(a)
3b = a.reshape(4,3)
4print(b)
```

```
[ 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12]
[[ 1 2 3]
[ 4 5 6]
[ 7 8 9]
[10 11 12]]
```

Note that the number of elements in the 1-D array `a`

matches the number of elements in the reshaped array `b`

. In both cases, there are 12 elements.

**Note**

The size of the initial array must match the size of the reshaped array.

Example

Reshaping 2-D arrays.```
1c = b.reshape(2,6)
2print(c)
3d = c.reshape(6,2)
4print(d)
```

```
[[ 1 2 3 4 5 6]
[ 7 8 9 10 11 12]]
[[ 1 2]
[ 3 4]
[ 5 6]
[ 7 8]
[ 9 10]
[11 12]]
```

Example

Reshaping a 2-D array into a 3-D array.```
1e = d.reshape(2,3,2)
2print(e)
```

```
[[[ 1 2]
[ 3 4]
[ 5 6]]
[[ 7 8]
[ 9 10]
[11 12]]]
```

## The NumPy base Attribute

If an `ndarray`

object `B`

is derived from another `ndarray`

object `A`

(i.e. memory location is shared), then object `A`

will be the `base`

of object `B`

. The `base`

attribute of an `ndarray`

object (executed as `ndarray.base`

) will return the base object if memory is from some other object. In short, the `base`

attribute lets us know if an array is a view of another array or not.

Example

Using the`base`

attribute.
Referring to the same arrays `a`

and `b`

defined in the previous section, we want to know if array `b`

is a view or copy of array `a`

by invoking the `base`

attribute.

```
1print(b.base)
2print(b.base is a)
```

```
[ 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12]
True
```

We see that `b.base`

returns the `a`

array. This tells us that `b`

is a view of `a`

. This suggests the `reshape()`

method returns a view (rather than a copy) of the original array. This fact will again be verified in the next section.

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## reshape() Method Returns a View

We have discussed array view vs array copy
in the previous section. Typically, the `reshape()`

method returns a view rather than a copy.

Example

Reshaped arrays are views.To illustrate this, the reshaped array `b`

is modified and this is immediately reflected in the original array `a`

and also the array `c`

which was reshaped from `b`

.

```
1b[0,0] = 99
2print(a)
3print(b)
4print(c)
```

```
[99 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12]
[[99 2 3]
[ 4 5 6]
[ 7 8 9]
[10 11 12]]
[[99 2 3 4 5 6]
[ 7 8 9 10 11 12]]
```

## The numpy.newaxis Method

The `numpy.newaxis`

method is an alias for the `None`

, which is used for array indexing in NumPy. The most straightforward use of the `numpy.newaxis`

method is to add a new dimension to a NumPy array.

Example

Adding a new dimension to an array using`numpy.newaxis`

.
```
1x = np.arange(1, 5) # 1-D array
2print(x)
3x_row = x[np.newaxis, :] # row matrix
4print(x_row)
5x_col = x[:, np.newaxis] # column matrix
6print(x_col)
```

```
[1 2 3 4]
[[1 2 3 4]]
[[1]
[2]
[3]
[4]]
```

We can also add a new dimension to an array using the `reshape()`

method.

Example

Adding a new dimension to an array using`reshape()`

method.
```
1x = np.arange(1, 5) # 1-D array
2print(x)
3x_row = x.reshape((1, 4)) # row matrix
4print(x_row)
5x_col = x.reshape((4, 1))# column matrix
6print(x_col)
```

```
[1 2 3 4]
[[1 2 3 4]]
[[1]
[2]
[3]
[4]]
```

## The Unknown Dimension

In specifying the shape in the `reshape()`

method, the user is allowed to leave the size one of the dimensions as `-1`

and NumPy will calculate this number automatically.

Example

Using the`reshape()`

method with an unknown dimension (2-D).
```
1x = np.arange(1, 13) # 1-D array
2print(x)
3x1 = x.reshape(4,-1)
4print(x1.shape)
5print(x1)
```

```
[ 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12]
(4, 3)
[[ 1 2 3]
[ 4 5 6]
[ 7 8 9]
[10 11 12]]
```

Example

Using the`reshape()`

method with an unknown dimension (3-D).
```
1x2 = x.reshape(2,2,-1)
2print(x2.shape)
3print(x2)
```

```
(2, 2, 3)
[[[ 1 2 3]
[ 4 5 6]]
[[ 7 8 9]
[10 11 12]]]
```

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## Flattening an Array

Flattening an array means converting a multidimensional array into a 1-D array. In this case, we can simply use the `reshape()`

method with an argument of `-1`

to accomplish this.

Example

Flattening a 2-D array using`reshape(-1)`

.
```
1print(x1) # 2-D array
2print(x1.reshape(-1)) # flattened array
```

```
[[ 1 2 3]
[ 4 5 6]
[ 7 8 9]
[10 11 12]]
[ 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12]
```

Example

Flattening a 3-D array using`reshape(-1)`

.
```
1print(x2) # 3-D array
2print(x2.reshape(-1)) # flattened array
```

```
[[[ 1 2 3]
[ 4 5 6]]
[[ 7 8 9]
[10 11 12]]]
[ 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12]
```