# Re: fill value bug?

From: Mary Haley <haley_at_nyahnyahspammersnyahnyah>
Date: Fri, 20 Mar 2009 09:21:32 -0600 (MDT)

Hi Michael,

There appears to be a bug in "int2flt", which is part of
contributed.ncl.

Assuming "i" is the integer array you want to convert, the "int2flt"
is doing this:

dimi = dimsizes(i)
fi = new( dimi, "float")
fi = i ; values + meta data

What's happening here is that when "fi" gets created,
it has a default _FillValue of -999. Then when you do:

fi = i

this is going to cause any -999's in the array to be considered
missing, because "fi" sees its own missing value, and not "i"'s
missing value.

Then, the code goes on to reset the _FillValue to -9999.
However, the original -999 is still consider missing, so
it gets changed to -9999, and the original -9999 values
are now also considered missing.

The fix is to set the float missing value when you call "new".
Here's a new version of "int2flt" that you can try:

function int2flt(i:integer)
local dimi, fi
begin
dimi = dimsizes(i)
if (isatt(i,"_FillValue")) then
fi = new( dimi, "float", i@_FillValue)
else
fi = new( dimi, "float","No_FillValue")
end if

fi = i ; values + meta data
return (fi)
end

On Fri, 20 Mar 2009, Michael Notaro wrote:

> I seem to be encountering a bug. Imagine I have an array, a, with
> 6 values. And I specify that -9999 is the FillValue. Then a value
> of -999 should not be considered missing. However, after using
> int2flt on a, then it converts the -999 into -9999, missing.
>
> a=(/123,345,678,-9999,-999,246/)
> a@_FillValue=-9999
> b=int2flt(a)
> print(b)
>
> (0) 123
> (1) 345
> (2) 678
> (3) -9999
> (4) -9999
> (5) 246
>
> This is a work-around:
>
> a=(/123,345,678,-9999,-999,246/)
> a@_FillValue=-9999
> b=a*1.
> print(b)
>
> (0) 123
> (1) 345
> (2) 678
> (3) -9999
> (4) -999
> (5) 246
>
> Any idea what's wrong here?
> Mike
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