# Numpy Routine(s) to create a regular grid inside a 2d array

I am trying to write a function that would create a regular grid of 5 pixels by 5 pixels inside a 2d array. I was hoping some combination of numpy.arange and numpy.repeat might do it, but so far I haven’t had any luck because numpy.repeat will just repeat along the same row.

Here is an example:

Let’s say I want a 5×5 grid inside a 2d array of shape (20, 15). It should look like:

array([[ 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2],
[ 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2],
[ 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2],
[ 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2],
[ 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2],
[ 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5],
[ 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5],
[ 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5],
[ 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5],
[ 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5],
[ 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 7, 7, 7, 8, 8, 8, 8, 8],
[ 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 7, 7, 7, 8, 8, 8, 8, 8],
[ 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 7, 7, 7, 8, 8, 8, 8, 8],
[ 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 7, 7, 7, 8, 8, 8, 8, 8],
[ 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 7, 7, 7, 8, 8, 8, 8, 8],
[ 9, 9, 9, 9, 9,10,10,10,10,10,11,11,11,11,11],
[ 9, 9, 9, 9, 9,10,10,10,10,10,11,11,11,11,11],
[ 9, 9, 9, 9, 9,10,10,10,10,10,11,11,11,11,11],
[ 9, 9, 9, 9, 9,10,10,10,10,10,11,11,11,11,11],
[ 9, 9, 9, 9, 9,10,10,10,10,10,11,11,11,11,11]])

I realize I could simply use a loop and slicing to accomplish this, but I could be applying this to very large arrays and I worry that the performance of that would be too slow or impractical.

Can anyone recommend a method to accomplish this?

UPDATE:

All the answers provided seem to work well. Can anyone tell me which will be the most efficient to use for large arrays? By large array I mean it could be 100000 x 100000 or more with 15 x 15 grid cell sizes.

m, n, d = 20, 15, 5
arr = np.empty((m, n), dtype=np.int)
arr_view = arr.reshape(m // d, d, n // d, d)
vals = np.arange(m // d * n // d).reshape(m // d, 1, n // d, 1)
arr_view[:] = vals

>>> arr
array([[ 0,  0,  0,  0,  0,  1,  1,  1,  1,  1,  2,  2,  2,  2,  2],
[ 0,  0,  0,  0,  0,  1,  1,  1,  1,  1,  2,  2,  2,  2,  2],
[ 0,  0,  0,  0,  0,  1,  1,  1,  1,  1,  2,  2,  2,  2,  2],
[ 0,  0,  0,  0,  0,  1,  1,  1,  1,  1,  2,  2,  2,  2,  2],
[ 0,  0,  0,  0,  0,  1,  1,  1,  1,  1,  2,  2,  2,  2,  2],
[ 3,  3,  3,  3,  3,  4,  4,  4,  4,  4,  5,  5,  5,  5,  5],
[ 3,  3,  3,  3,  3,  4,  4,  4,  4,  4,  5,  5,  5,  5,  5],
[ 3,  3,  3,  3,  3,  4,  4,  4,  4,  4,  5,  5,  5,  5,  5],
[ 3,  3,  3,  3,  3,  4,  4,  4,  4,  4,  5,  5,  5,  5,  5],
[ 3,  3,  3,  3,  3,  4,  4,  4,  4,  4,  5,  5,  5,  5,  5],
[ 6,  6,  6,  6,  6,  7,  7,  7,  7,  7,  8,  8,  8,  8,  8],
[ 6,  6,  6,  6,  6,  7,  7,  7,  7,  7,  8,  8,  8,  8,  8],
[ 6,  6,  6,  6,  6,  7,  7,  7,  7,  7,  8,  8,  8,  8,  8],
[ 6,  6,  6,  6,  6,  7,  7,  7,  7,  7,  8,  8,  8,  8,  8],
[ 6,  6,  6,  6,  6,  7,  7,  7,  7,  7,  8,  8,  8,  8,  8],
[ 9,  9,  9,  9,  9, 10, 10, 10, 10, 10, 11, 11, 11, 11, 11],
[ 9,  9,  9,  9,  9, 10, 10, 10, 10, 10, 11, 11, 11, 11, 11],
[ 9,  9,  9,  9,  9, 10, 10, 10, 10, 10, 11, 11, 11, 11, 11],
[ 9,  9,  9,  9,  9, 10, 10, 10, 10, 10, 11, 11, 11, 11, 11],
[ 9,  9,  9,  9,  9, 10, 10, 10, 10, 10, 11, 11, 11, 11, 11]])