[Numpy-discussion] numpy vs numarray

Tim Hochberg tim.hochberg at ieee.org
Mon Jul 31 13:03:48 CDT 2006


David L Goldsmith wrote:
> All I can say is, if someone that confused about basic facts is being 
> cited as an authority and teaching a podcast class, I'm glad I have 
> someone on-site at my work who actually knows what they're talking about 
> and not relying on the Net for my numpy education.
>   
The numpy == Numeric confusion is understandable. Numeric Python (AKA 
Numeric) was typically referred to as NumPy even though the name of the 
module was actually Numeric. So, in a sense numarray was a replacement 
for (the old) NumPy, and numpy is a replacement for both the old NumPy 
and numarray. At least I sure hope so!

-tim


> DG
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> Travis Oliphant wrote:
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>> Louis Cordier wrote:
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>>> Hmmm, I think people are spreading "fud" (lower case)...
>>> http://media.libsyn.com/media/awaretek/Python411_060530_Numeric.mp3
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>> I listened to this and it looks like Sergio Ray is giving an intro class 
>> on scientific computing with Python and has some concepts confused.   We 
>> should take this as a sign that we need to keep doing a good job of 
>> educating people.
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>> Here are some things he has confused:
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>> NumPy == Numeric
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>> He tells his class that numarray is going to replace NumPy
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>> SciPy == Enthon
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>> He thinks that the Enthon distribution *is* SciPy.  So, he tells his 
>> class that SciPy is "hard to use" on Unix because the Enthon 
>> distribution isn't available for Unix.
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>> I'm not sure when this recording was done but it was released on Python 
>> 411 at the end of May and he mentions this years SciPy conference with 
>> Guido as the key-note speaker so it was within the past few months.
>>
>> Other than that it has some good introductory material on what the Num* 
>> packages provide to Python.
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>> -Travis
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