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Remove First Element From Numpy Array

In this tutorial, we will look at how to remove the first element from a Numpy array with the help of some examples.

How do I remove the first element of a Numpy Array?

You can use the numpy delete() function to remove the first element of a numpy array. Pass 0 as the index of the element to be removed. The following is the syntax –

# remove first element from numpy array ar, assuming numpy imported as np
np.delete(ar, 0)

The np.delete() function is used to remove an element using its index. Since we want to remove the first element, we pass 0. It returns a copy of the original array with the specific element deleted.

remove first element from numpy array

Alternatively, you can also slice the original array starting from the index 1 to the end of the array to get a new numpy array with the first element removed from the original array.

Note that numpy arrays are immutable. That is, they cannot be modified after creation.

Steps to remove the first element in Numpy

Let’s now look at a step-by-step example of using the methods mentioned above –

Step 1 – Create the numpy array

First, we will create a numpy array that we will be using throughout this tutorial.

import numpy as np

# create numpy array
ar = np.array([10, 20, 30, 40, 50])
# print the array
print(ar)

Output:

[10 20 30 40 50]

Here we use the np.array() function to create a numpy array from a list of numbers. We now have a numpy array containing the numbers 10, 20, 30, 40, and 50.

Step 2 – Remove the first element from the array

First, let’s use the np.delete() function to remove the first element of the numpy array ar created above.

# remove first element
ar_new = np.delete(ar, 0)
# print the returned array
print(ar_new)
# print the original array
print(ar)

Output:

[20 30 40 50]
[10 20 30 40 50]

The resulting array does not have the first element from the original array. You can also see that the original array is not modified.

Let’s now use the slicing method to remove the first element.

# remove first element
ar_new = ar[1:]
# print the returned array
print(ar_new)
# print the original array
print(ar)

Output:

[20 30 40 50]
[10 20 30 40 50]

Here, we slice the original array from the index 1 to the end of the array. We get the same result as above. A copy of the original array with the first element removed.

For more on slicing numpy arrays, refer to numpy’s guide on indexing and slicing.

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  • Piyush

    Piyush is a data scientist passionate about using data to understand things better and make informed decisions. In the past, he's worked as a Data Scientist for ZS and holds an engineering degree from IIT Roorkee. His hobbies include watching cricket, reading, and working on side projects.

  • Gottumukkala Sravan Kumar