[Numpy-discussion] Making NumPy accessible to everyone (or no-one) (was Numpy-discussion Digest, Vol 19, Issue 44)
Stéfan van der Walt
Thu Apr 10 08:37:51 CDT 2008
On 10/04/2008, Alexander Michael <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> On Thu, Apr 10, 2008 at 6:55 AM, Stéfan van der Walt <email@example.com> wrote:
> > Hi Joe, all
> > On 10/04/2008, Joe Harrington <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > > > Absolutely. Let's please standardize on:
> > > > import numpy as np
> > > > import scipy as sp
> > >
> > > I hope we do NOT standardize on these abbreviations. While a few may
> > > have discussed it at a sprint, it hasn't seen broad discussion and
> > > there are reasons to prefer the other practice (numpy as N, scipy as
> > > S, pylab as P).
> > "N" is a very unfortunate choice of abbreviation, given that so many
> > algorithms use it to indicate the number of elements in things. "np"
> > is much safer and, like Jarrod mentioned, also only takes two keys to
> > type. Sebastian, a simple regexp replace should fix your problem
> > (investment in hundreds of lines of N.* usage).
> Hey! I use np *all the time* as an abbreviation for "number of points".
Is that the de-facto abbreviation used for number of pts in your field
(i.e. in literature)? If so, I'd recommend you stick to N :)
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