[Numpy-discussion] #734: interactive docstring search (lookfor)

Pauli Virtanen pav@iki...
Thu Apr 10 16:42:05 CDT 2008


Travis E. Oliphant kirjoitti:
> Pauli Virtanen wrote: 
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>> I think this is a good idea: full-namespace docstring search à la Matlab
>> lookfor. I wrote a quick implementation for numpy here:
>> http://scipy.org/scipy/numpy/ticket/734
>>   
> 
> Cool.  I started scipy.misc.info a long time ago to try and do this.   I 
> didn't advertise it well enough ;-)
> 
> scipy.misc.info('eigvals')
> 
> I'm happy to move this functionality into numpy (but it might be better 
> in IPython).

Aha! I was wondering if something this simple was already present, but I
didn't notice that numpy.lib.utils.info also accepted strings as
parameters. Btw, the info function is already in numpy and the code is
duplicated in scipy.misc.

However, "info" is a bit different from "lookfor" in that it finds
documentation by the exact function name, not by looking into the
docstrings.

So, should info and lookfor be combined, or kept separate?

-- 
Pauli Virtanen


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