How can I efficiently swap the positions of two rows in a NumPy array using Python?

While exploring row swapping in NumPy arrays, I came across this code.

However, handling multiple row swaps might become challenging. Are there dedicated functionalities for efficiently swapping multiple rows in NumPy arrays?

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One efficient method for swapping rows in a 2D NumPy array is to use the slicing method. This method can quickly swap rows of the same length, and you can even swap any number of rows in a single line of code. Here is an example code that demonstrates how to swap the first and third rows of a 2D NumPy array:

Note that this technique also utilizes the copy() method to avoid referencing the original rows. I hope this explanation helps!

Another way is to use a temporary variable to store one of the rows while swapping. The example code swaps the first and third rows of the array by creating a temporary copy of the first row, replacing the first row with the third row, and then replacing the third row with the temporary copy.

The code provides a simple way to swap rows in a 2D NumPy array but creates a temporary copy that could use more memory for larger arrays.