## Question

Asked By – Mike C

I’ve been going crazy trying to figure out what stupid thing I’m doing wrong here.

I’m using NumPy, and I have specific row indices and specific column indices that I want to select from. Here’s the gist of my problem:

```
import numpy as np
a = np.arange(20).reshape((5,4))
# array([[ 0, 1, 2, 3],
# [ 4, 5, 6, 7],
# [ 8, 9, 10, 11],
# [12, 13, 14, 15],
# [16, 17, 18, 19]])
# If I select certain rows, it works
print a[[0, 1, 3], :]
# array([[ 0, 1, 2, 3],
# [ 4, 5, 6, 7],
# [12, 13, 14, 15]])
# If I select certain rows and a single column, it works
print a[[0, 1, 3], 2]
# array([ 2, 6, 14])
# But if I select certain rows AND certain columns, it fails
print a[[0,1,3], [0,2]]
# Traceback (most recent call last):
# File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module>
# ValueError: shape mismatch: objects cannot be broadcast to a single shape
```

Why is this happening? Surely I should be able to select the 1st, 2nd, and 4th rows, and 1st and 3rd columns? The result I’m expecting is:

```
a[[0,1,3], [0,2]] => [[0, 2],
[4, 6],
[12, 14]]
```

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## Answer

Fancy indexing requires you to provide all indices for each dimension. You are providing 3 indices for the first one, and only 2 for the second one, hence the error. You want to do something like this:

```
>>> a[[[0, 0], [1, 1], [3, 3]], [[0,2], [0,2], [0, 2]]]
array([[ 0, 2],
[ 4, 6],
[12, 14]])
```

That is of course a pain to write, so you can let broadcasting help you:

```
>>> a[[[0], [1], [3]], [0, 2]]
array([[ 0, 2],
[ 4, 6],
[12, 14]])
```

This is much simpler to do if you index with arrays, not lists:

```
>>> row_idx = np.array([0, 1, 3])
>>> col_idx = np.array([0, 2])
>>> a[row_idx[:, None], col_idx]
array([[ 0, 2],
[ 4, 6],
[12, 14]])
```

This question is answered By – Jaime

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