[Numpy-discussion] A little help please?
Travis E. Oliphant
Wed Feb 27 08:50:57 CST 2008
Neal Becker wrote:
> Travis E. Oliphant wrote:
> The code for this is a bit hard to understand. It does appear that it only
> searches for a conversion on the 2nd argument. I don't think that's
> desirable behavior.
> What I'm wondering is, this works fine for builtin types. What is different
> in the handling of builtin types?
There are quite a few differences which lead to the current issues.
1) For built-in types there is a coercion order that can be searched
more intelligently which does not exist for user-defined
2) For built-in types all the 1d loops are stored in a single C-array in
the same order as the signatures. The entire signature list is scanned
until a signature to which all inputs can be cast is found.
3) For user-defined types the 1d loops (functions) for a particular
user-defined type are stored in a linked-list that itself is stored in a
Python dictionary (as a C-object) attached to the ufunc and keyed by the
user-defined type (of the first argument).
Thus, what is missing is code to search all the linked lists in all the
entries of all the user-defined types on input (only the linked-list
keyed by the first user-defined type is searched at the moment). This
would allow similar behavior to the built-in types (but a bit more
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