[IPython-dev] Integrating pandas into pylab

Thomas Kluyver takowl@gmail....
Tue Oct 25 19:38:06 CDT 2011


I don't know if this is the right forum for this, but to kick off some
discussion:

I see Pylab as a unfied interface for scientific programming in Python (as
in http://www.scipy.org/PyLab), not just as a matplotlib API. I think Wes'
pandas package is becoming indispensable for this sort of thing  - in
particular the DataFrame class. I won't belabour its advantages, but I
believe it's the best way to handle data in a 'table' form, which is
ubiquitous in my field. So I'd like to see it integrated into (broad sense)
Pylab - in particular, I think the names read_csv, read_table and DataFrame
should be available without another import. Another possible target is the
related scikits.statsmodels package (
http://pypi.python.org/pypi/scikits.statsmodels/), but I'm less familiar
with that.

I think there's also some broader questions - pylab is a submodule of
matplotlib, a command line flag for IPython, an idea on the scipy wiki, and
a seemingly unmaintained "place to release Python tools" on Sourceforge. Who
should actually be in the driving seat? Do we need a new name for the Pylab
I'm talking about, just to avoid confusion? I've also heard people talk
about the 'SciPy stack', although that name seems a bit odd, as I have
little need for the scipy package itself.

Thanks,
Thomas
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