# [Python] How to create a smaller tensor from a given big tensor

Is there any way to create a smaller tensor from a big tensor by selecting some rows or columns of the big tensor?

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You can use either torch.narrow() function or apply slicing operation to select some rows/columns from a tensor. The narrow() function has the following format.

torch.narrow(input, dim, start, length) → Tensor

Where:

dim (int) – the dimension along which to narrow (rows-0, columns-1)

start (int) – the starting row/column index

length (int) – how many row/column to select

Using narrow() function

>>> import torch
>>> a=torch.randn(5,4)
>>> a
tensor([[-0.9016, -0.6995,  1.3679,  0.1771],
[ 1.2528, -0.0611,  0.5726,  0.3936],
[ 2.0479, -0.7027,  1.1459,  0.8682],
[-1.4382, -1.5006, -0.1019, -0.2421],
[-0.7981,  1.2505,  0.4924, -0.5110]])

>>> torch.narrow(a,0,2,2)    # select 2 rows starting from row_idx=2
tensor([[ 2.0479, -0.7027,  1.1459,  0.8682],
[-1.4382, -1.5006, -0.1019, -0.2421]])

>>> torch.narrow(a,1,1,3)    # select 3 column starting from col_idx=1
tensor([[-0.6995,  1.3679,  0.1771],
[-0.0611,  0.5726,  0.3936],
[-0.7027,  1.1459,  0.8682],
[-1.5006, -0.1019, -0.2421],
[ 1.2505,  0.4924, -0.5110]])

Using slicing operation

>>> a[2:4,]
tensor([[ 2.0479, -0.7027,  1.1459,  0.8682],
[-1.4382, -1.5006, -0.1019, -0.2421]])
>>> a[:,1:4]
tensor([[-0.6995,  1.3679,  0.1771],
[-0.0611,  0.5726,  0.3936],
[-0.7027,  1.1459,  0.8682],
[-1.5006, -0.1019, -0.2421],
[ 1.2505,  0.4924, -0.5110]])
>>>