[Numpy-discussion] generalized_inverse

Keith Goodman kwgoodman at gmail.com
Sun Jul 16 20:39:19 CDT 2006


On 7/16/06, Rick White <rlw at stsci.edu> wrote:
> On Jul 16, 2006, at 11:47 AM, Alan G Isaac wrote:
>
> > On Sun, 16 Jul 2006, "David M. Cooke" apparently wrote:
> >> 'inverse' is not much longer than 'inv', and is more descriptive
> >
> > But 'inv' is quite universal (can you name a matrix language
> > that uses 'inverse' instead?) and I think unambiguous (what
> > might it be confused with?).
>
> IDL uses invert, so inv is not exactly universal.
>
> I'm personally a fan of names that can be used in interactive
> sessions at the command line, which argues for shorter names.  But it
> is nice to have names where you can type just a few characters and
> use tab-completion to fill in the rest of the name. Then the
> important thing is not the full length of the name but having the
> first 3 or 4 characters be memorable. So I'd rather have
> "pseudoinverse" because I can probably find it by just typing "ps<tab>".

I prfr shrtr nams lke inv eig and sin.




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