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Most efficient way to reverse a numpy array

When you create reversed_arr you are creating a view into the original array. You can then change the original array, and the view will update to reflect the changes.

Are you re-creating the view more often than you need to? You should be able to do something like this:

arr = np.array(some_sequence)reversed_arr = arr[::-1]do_something(arr)look_at(reversed_arr)do_something_else(arr)look_at(reversed_arr)

I'm not a numpy expert, but this seems like it would be the fastest way to do things in numpy. If this is what you are already doing, I don't think you can improve on it.

P.S. Great discussion of numpy views here:

View onto a numpy array?

As mentioned above,


really only creates a view, so it's a constant-time operation (and as such doesn't take longer as the array grows). If you need the array to be contiguous (for example because you're performing many vector operations with it), ascontiguousarray is about as fast as flipud/fliplr:

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Code to generate the plot:

import numpyimport    setup=lambda n: numpy.random.randint(0, 1000, n),    kernels=[        lambda a: a[::-1],        lambda a: numpy.ascontiguousarray(a[::-1]),        lambda a: numpy.fliplr([a])[0],    ],    labels=["a[::-1]", "ascontiguousarray(a[::-1])", "fliplr"],    n_range=[2 ** k for k in range(25)],    xlabel="len(a)",)

Because this seems to not be marked as answered yet... The Answer of Thomas Arildsen should be the proper one: just use


if it is a 1d array (column array).

With matrizes do


if you want to reverse rows and flipud(matrix) if you want to flip columns. No need for making your 1d column array a 2dimensional row array (matrix with one None layer) and then flipping it.