[Numpy-discussion] Proposal for making of Numarray a real Numeric 'NG'
jrennie at csail.mit.edu
Fri Jan 21 07:58:55 CST 2005
On Fri, Jan 21, 2005 at 02:13:45PM +0100, Francesc Altet wrote:
> If you are new to Numerical Python, please use Numarray. The older module,
> Numeric, is unsupported. At this writing Numarray is slower for very small
> arrays but faster for large ones. Numarray contains facilities to help you
> convert older code to use it. Some parts of the community have not made the
> switch yet but the Numarray libraries have been carefully named differently
> so that Numeric and Numarray can coexist in one application.
Another problem is that Numeric is extremely poorly advertised/marketed.
- There is no single keyword for Numeric: it is referred to as "Numerical",
"Numeric" and "numpy". Both "Numerical" and "numpy" are also used to
refer to numarray.
- Numeric does not have a home page of its own. The Sourceforge
"Numerical" page lists both numarray and Numeric (which, coincidentally,
is referred to as "numpy").
- The #1 & #2 Google results for "numeric python" are the numpy.org
page, which is out-of-date, and advertises numarray as being a replacement
for Numeric. Plus, what appears to be the main link for Numeric,
"Release 22.0" points to a page with both numarray and Numeric
releases, numarray first, and Numeric releases named "numpy". Could
you try to be more confusing?
- None of the top 10 Google links for "numeric python" point to the
- A "numeric python" search on sourceforge lists 24 projects before the
Numerical Python page.
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