## Introduction

In your machine learning or data science projects you would often be required to fetch specific elements of the numpy array or slice its content. There are functions of **numpy indexing, numpy slicing, and numpy where **to carry out such operations. Throughout this tutorial, we will try to learn about these functions with the help of examples where we will also understand the syntax of these numpy functions.

**Importing Numpy Library**

Before we begin, let’s just import **numpy** library.

```
import numpy as np
```

We are starting this article by first looking at **indexing** operation.

**Numpy Indexing**

Array indexing refers to any use of the square brackets ([]) to index array values. There are many options to perform indexing.

### Example 1: Single element indexing

This example shows how we can access specific values from an array.

```
x = np.arange(10)
x
```

```
x[5]
```

### Example 2: Using negative indexing

The negative indexing starts from last value and ends at first value. The negative indexing starts from **9** which **-1th** index. This is the reason **-3rd** index results in **7**.

```
x[-3]
```

### Example 3: Multidimensional Indexing

Numpy arrays support multidimensional indexing for multidimensional arrays. Here using **shape attribute**, we have converted the flattened 1-D array into an array of 5 rows and 2 columns.

```
x.shape = (5,2)
x
```

While indexing we can fetch different values, here in this example we have accessed value at **3rd** row and **1st** column.

**NOTE** – The indexing in array starts from **0th** index.

```
x[3,1]
```

The next operation is **slicing**.

**Numpy Slicing**

It is possible to slice arrays to extract arrays of the same number of dimensions, but of different sizes than the original.

### Example 1: Using single dimension array for slicing

```
x = np.arange(10)
x
```

**Here for slicing, we specify the starting value which is 1 in this case and ending value is 6. The result of slicing is again an array where starting value is included and ending value is excluded from the result.**

```
x[1:6]
```

### Example 2: Using multidimensional array for performing slicing

```
y = np.arange(25)
y
```

```
We have used reshape method to convert the shape of array to 5 x 5.
```

```
y = np.arange(25).reshape(5,5)
y
```

Using the slicing method, we have fetched the result as **16** by specifying row index as **3rd** and column index as **1st**

```
y[3:4,1:2]
```

### Example 3: Using Negative indexing for slicing

Here we have used multidimensional arrays for slicing through negative indexing

```
x = np.array([[0, 1, 2],[3, 4, 5], [6, 7, 8],[5,2,6]])
x
```

Here **-2** index fetches **2nd** row and its elements are printed.

```
x[-2]
```

Lastly, we have **numpy** **where** operation.

**Numpy Where: np.where()**

**Numpy where function** is used for executing an operation on the fulfillment of a condition.

### Syntax

**numpy.where(condition[x,y])**

**condition : array_like,bool** – This results either **x** if **true** is obtained otherwise **y** is yielded if **false** is obtained.

**x,y : array_like** – These are the values from which to choose. x, y and condition need to be broadcastable to some shape.

Output of the **numpy where()** is an array with elements from x where condition is True, and elements from y elsewhere.

### Example 1 : example of np.where()

```
a = np.arange(10)
a
```

Here the condition states that all the values which are lesser than 6 will be printed without any changes and values greater than 6 will be multiplied with 9. This is the reason we can see that values greater than 5 are changed.

```
np.where(a < 6, a, 9*a)
```

**Conclusion**

Here in this tutorial we learned about the most fundamental operations performed on arrays. We explored **numpy indexing, numpy slicing, and numpy where** operations. It is highly recommended to be proficient with these functions of array.

*Reference-* https://numpy.org/doc/

- Also Read – Python Numpy Array – A Gentle Introduction to beginners
- Also Read – Tutorial – numpy.arange() , numpy.linspace() , numpy.logspace() in Python
- Also Read – Complete Numpy Random Tutorial – Rand, Randn, Randint, Normal
- Also Read – Tutorial – Numpy Shape, Numpy Reshape and Numpy Transpose in Python