[Numpy-discussion] Re: Future directions for SciPy in light of meeting at Berkeley

Michiel Jan Laurens de Hoon mdehoon at ims.u-tokyo.ac.jp
Thu Mar 10 18:56:14 CST 2005


Paul Moore wrote:
> Travis Oliphant <oliphant at ee.byu.edu> writes
>>2) Installation problems -- I'm not completely clear on what the 
>>"installation problems" really are.
> 
> While I am not a scientific user, I occasionally have a need for
> something like stats, linear algebra, or other such functions. I'm
> happy to install something (I'm using Python on Windows, so when I
> say "install", I mean "download and run a binary installer") but I'm
> a casual user, so I am not going to go to too much trouble.
...
> There's no way on Windows that I'd even consider building scipy from
> source - my need for it simply isn't sufficient to justify the cost.
> 
> As I say, this is from someone who is clearly not in the target
> audience of scipy, but maybe it is of use...
> 
I think you perfectly described the experience of a typical Biopython 
user. So as far as I'm concerned, you're squarely in the target audience 
of SciPy, if it intends to replace Numeric.

--michiel.




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