[Numpy-discussion] Survey results
Travis Oliphant
Oliphant.Travis at mayo.edu
Thu Mar 2 01:18:28 CST 2000
I'm still here working away at the code cleanup of Numerical Python. I
know some of you may be interested in the results of a survey related to
that effort.
Here are the results so far:
1: How long have your been using NumPy:
19 response:
<= 1 year: 8
1-3 years: 6
4-5 years: 5
2: How important is NumPy to your daily work now? (1-Depend on it,
5-Dabble with it)
1 - 17
2 - 5
3 - 5
4 - 3
Avg: 1.8
3: How would you rate the current functionality of NumPy? (1-Love it,
5-Hate it)
1 - 2
2 - 19
3 - 8
4 - 1
Avg: 2.27
4: How important is it to you for NumPy to get into the Python core?
(1-Very Important, 5-Not Important)
1 - 8
2 - 14
3 - 4
3 - 4
Avg: 2.1
5: How much interest do you have in improving NumPy? (1-Unlimited, 5-None)
1 - 10
2 - 13
3 - 7
Avg: 1.9
6: How concerned are you about alterations to the underlying C-structure
of NumPy? (1-Very concerned, 5-Don't care))
1 - 3
2 - 2
3 - 8
4 - 5
5 - 12
Avg: 3.7
7: How important is memory conservation to you? (1-Very important, 5-Not
important)
1 - 11
2 - 10
3 - 6
4 - 1
5 - 2
Avg: 2.1
8: How important is it to you that the underlying code to NumPy be easy to
understand? (1-Very important, 5-Not important)
1 - 7
2 - 13
3 - 5
4 - 5
Avg: 2.3
9: How important is it to you that NumPy be fast? (1-Very important, 5-Not
important)
1 - 22
2 - 7
3 - 1
Avg: 1.3
10: How happy are you with the current coercion rules (including
spacesaving arrays)? (1-Happy, 5-Miserable)
1 - 3
2 - 13
3 - 10
4 - 2
Avg: 2.4
11: Should mixed-precision arithmetic cast to the largest memory type
(yes) or the least memory type (no)?
Yes - 23
No - 6
12: Should object arrays (typecode='O') remain a part of NumPy? (1-Agree,
5-Disagree)
1 - 13
2 - 3
3 - 10
4 - 2
Avg: 2.1
13: Should slices (e.g. x[3:10]) be changed to be copies?
Yes - 12
No - 16
So, as you can see the results were pretty clear in some areas and quite
controversial in other areas.
Have fun interpreting them...
Travis
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