np.vectorize quirk

I was being lazy, and had to code up a piecewise function. Rather than use the proper array tools, I used np.vectorize instead but somehow got weird results:

import numpy as np

def f(x):
if x < .5:
return 1
return .4

points = np.linspace(0, 1, 5)

points_flipped = np.flip(points)

vec_f = np.vectorize(f)



returns [1 1 0 0 0]
[0.4 0.4 0.4 1. 1. ]

Tuorns out np.vectorize has the property that

The output type is determined by evaluating the first element of the input, unless it is specified

Took me a minute to figure this out. RTFM.

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