[Numpy-discussion] Some comments on the Numeric3 Draft of 1-Mar-05

Robert Kern rkern at ucsd.edu
Tue Mar 1 12:09:17 CST 2005


Colin J. Williams wrote:

> I suggest that Numeric3 offers the opportunity to drop the word /rank/ 
> from its lexicon.  "rank" has an established usage long before digital 
> computers.  See: http://mathworld.wolfram.com/Rank.html

It also has a well-established usage with multi-arrays.

   http://mathworld.wolfram.com/TensorRank.html

> Perhaps some abbreviation for "Dimensions" would be acceptable.

It is also reasonable to say that array([1., 2., 3.]) has 3 dimensions.

>       Matrix Class
> 
> " A default Matrix class will either inherit from or contain the Python 
> class".  Surely, almost all of the objects above are to be rooted in 
> "new" style classes.  See PEP's 252 and 253 or 
> http://www.python.org/2.2.2/descrintro.html

Sure, but just because inheritance is possible does not entail that it 
is a good idea.

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