## Question

Asked By – tim654321

I have an array of floats (some normal numbers, some nans) that is coming out of an apply on a pandas dataframe.

For some reason, numpy.isnan is failing on this array, however as shown below, each element is a float, numpy.isnan runs correctly on each element, the type of the variable is definitely a numpy array.

What’s going on?!

```
set([type(x) for x in tester])
Out[59]: {float}
tester
Out[60]:
array([-0.7000000000000001, nan, nan, nan, nan, nan, nan, nan, nan, nan,
nan, nan, nan, nan, nan, nan, nan, nan, nan, nan, nan, nan, nan,
nan, nan, nan, nan, nan, nan, nan, nan, nan, nan, nan, nan, nan,
nan, nan, nan, nan, nan, nan, nan, nan, nan, nan, nan, nan, nan,
nan, nan], dtype=object)
set([type(x) for x in tester])
Out[61]: {float}
np.isnan(tester)
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "<ipython-input-62-e3638605b43c>", line 1, in <module>
np.isnan(tester)
TypeError: ufunc 'isnan' not supported for the input types, and the inputs could not be safely coerced to any supported types according to the casting rule ''safe''
set([np.isnan(x) for x in tester])
Out[65]: {False, True}
type(tester)
Out[66]: numpy.ndarray
```

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## Answer

`np.isnan`

can be applied to NumPy arrays of native dtype (such as np.float64):

```
In [99]: np.isnan(np.array([np.nan, 0], dtype=np.float64))
Out[99]: array([ True, False], dtype=bool)
```

but raises TypeError when applied to object arrays:

```
In [96]: np.isnan(np.array([np.nan, 0], dtype=object))
TypeError: ufunc 'isnan' not supported for the input types, and the inputs could not be safely coerced to any supported types according to the casting rule ''safe''
```

Since you have Pandas, you could use `pd.isnull`

instead — it can accept NumPy arrays of object or native dtypes:

```
In [97]: pd.isnull(np.array([np.nan, 0], dtype=float))
Out[97]: array([ True, False], dtype=bool)
In [98]: pd.isnull(np.array([np.nan, 0], dtype=object))
Out[98]: array([ True, False], dtype=bool)
```

Note that `None`

is also considered a null value in object arrays.

This question is answered By – unutbu

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