[Numpy-discussion] Assigning complex values to a real array

Dr. Phillip M. Feldman pfeldman@verizon....
Wed Dec 9 19:54:07 CST 2009



Pauli Virtanen-3 wrote:
> 
> Nevertheless, I can't really regard dropping the imaginary part a
> significant issue.
> 

I am amazed that anyone could say this.  For anyone who works with Fourier
transforms, or with electrical circuits, or with electromagnetic waves,
dropping the imaginary part is a huge issue because we get answers that are
totally wrong.

When I recently tried to validate a code, the answers were wrong, and it
took two full days to track down the cause.  I am now forced to reconsider
carefully whether Python/NumPy is a suitable platform for serious scientific
computing.
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