[Numpy-discussion] Does zero based indexing drive anyone else crazy?

Simon Burton simon at arrowtheory.com
Mon Jul 3 04:51:38 CDT 2006


On Sun, 2 Jul 2006 16:36:14 -0700
"Webb Sprague" <webb.sprague at gmail.com> wrote:

> 
> Given the long history of python and its ancestry in C (for which zero
> based indexing made lots of sense since it dovetailed with thinking in
> memory offsets in systems programming), there is probably nothing to
> be done now.  I guess I just want to vent, but also to ask if anyone
> has found any way to deal with this issue in their own scientific
> programming.

the mathemaician John Conway, in his book, "the book of numbers"
has a brilliant discussion of just this issue. It does indeed make
sense mathematically.

Simon.




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