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Numpy – Check For Negative Infinity

In this tutorial, we will look at how to check if a value in a Numpy array is negative infinity or not with the help of some examples.

How to test for negative infinity in a Numpy array?

check for negative infinity in numpy array

You can use the numpy.isneginf() function to check (element-wise) if values in a Numpy array are negative infinity or not. The following is the syntax –

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# test for negative infinity - pass scaler value or numpy array

It returns a boolean value (True if the value is negative infinity otherwise False) if you pass a scaler value and a boolean array if you pass an array.


Let’s now look at some examples of using the above function to test for -ve infinity.

Example 1 – Check if a number is a negative infinity or not using numpy.isneginf()

First, let’s pass scaler values to the numpy.isneginf() function.

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Let’s create three variables – one containing a finite value and the others set to positive and negative infinity respectively and then apply the numpy.isneginf() function on each of these values.

import numpy as np

# create three variables with scaler values
a = 21
b = np.inf
c = -np.inf

# check for negative infinity



We get True as the output for the negative infinity and False as the output for the finite number and the positive infinity.

Example 2 – Element-wise check for negative infinity in a Numpy array using numpy.isneginf()

If you apply the numpy.isneginf() function on an array, it will return a boolean array containing True for values that are negative infinity and False for other values.

Let’s create a 1-D array and apply the numpy.isneginf() function to it.

# create a numpy array
ar = np.array([1, 2, np.inf, 4, 5, -np.inf, np.inf])
# check for negative infinity in ar


array([False, False, False, False, False,  True, False])

We get a boolean array as an output. You can see that in the boolean array we get True for only the values that test as negative infinity in the original array.

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In this tutorial, we looked at how we can use the numpy.isneginf() function to check for negative infinity in a Numpy array. Keep in mind that if you pass a scaler value, it returns a boolean value and if you pass a 1-D array it returns a boolean array.

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  • Piyush Raj

    Piyush is a data professional passionate about using data to understand things better and make informed decisions. He has experience working as a Data Scientist in the consulting domain and holds an engineering degree from IIT Roorkee. His hobbies include watching cricket, reading, and working on side projects.