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numpy.count_nonzero(a, axis=None)[source]

Counts the number of non-zero values in the array a.

The word “non-zero” is in reference to the Python 2.x built-in method __nonzero__() (renamed __bool__() in Python 3.x) of Python objects that tests an object’s “truthfulness”. For example, any number is considered truthful if it is nonzero, whereas any string is considered truthful if it is not the empty string. Thus, this function (recursively) counts how many elements in a (and in sub-arrays thereof) have their __nonzero__() or __bool__() method evaluated to True.


a : array_like

The array for which to count non-zeros.

axis : int or tuple, optional

Axis or tuple of axes along which to count non-zeros. Default is None, meaning that non-zeros will be counted along a flattened version of a.

New in version 1.12.0.


count : int or array of int

Number of non-zero values in the array along a given axis. Otherwise, the total number of non-zero values in the array is returned.

See also

Return the coordinates of all the non-zero values.


>>> np.count_nonzero(np.eye(4))
>>> np.count_nonzero([[0,1,7,0,0],[3,0,0,2,19]])
>>> np.count_nonzero([[0,1,7,0,0],[3,0,0,2,19]], axis=0)
array([1, 1, 1, 1, 1])
>>> np.count_nonzero([[0,1,7,0,0],[3,0,0,2,19]], axis=1)
array([2, 3])