Counting the number of non-NaN elements in a numpy ndarray in Python


I need to calculate the number of non-NaN elements in a numpy ndarray matrix. How would one efficiently do this in Python? Here is my simple code for achieving this:

import numpy as np

def numberOfNonNans(data):
    count = 0
    for i in data:
        if not np.isnan(i):
            count += 1
    return count 

Is there a built-in function for this in numpy? Efficiency is important because I'm doing Big Data analysis.

Thnx for any help!

This question is tagged with python numpy matrix nan

~ Asked on 2014-02-14 11:26:25

The Best Answer is



~ inverts the boolean matrix returned from np.isnan.

np.count_nonzero counts values that is not 0\false. .sum should give the same result. But maybe more clearly to use count_nonzero

Testing speed:

In [23]: data = np.random.random((10000,10000))

In [24]: data[[np.random.random_integers(0,10000, 100)],:][:, [np.random.random_integers(0,99, 100)]] = np.nan

In [25]: %timeit data.size - np.count_nonzero(np.isnan(data))
1 loops, best of 3: 309 ms per loop

In [26]: %timeit np.count_nonzero(~np.isnan(data))
1 loops, best of 3: 345 ms per loop

In [27]: %timeit data.size - np.isnan(data).sum()
1 loops, best of 3: 339 ms per loop

data.size - np.count_nonzero(np.isnan(data)) seems to barely be the fastest here. other data might give different relative speed results.

~ Answered on 2014-02-14 11:29:54


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Even though is not the fastest choice, if performance is not an issue you can use:



In [7]: %timeit data.size - np.count_nonzero(np.isnan(data))
10 loops, best of 3: 67.5 ms per loop

In [8]: %timeit sum(~np.isnan(data))
10 loops, best of 3: 154 ms per loop

In [9]: %timeit np.sum(~np.isnan(data))
10 loops, best of 3: 140 ms per loop

~ Answered on 2017-05-03 09:24:13

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