[Numpy-discussion] additions to random: innovative names vs. algorithm specification

Charles R Harris charlesr.harris@gmail....
Thu Jul 29 09:41:22 CDT 2010


On Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 8:25 AM, Alan G Isaac <alan.isaac@gmail.com> wrote:

> Rather than just looking for a new name (e.g., znormal),
> would it not be better to decide on a syntax for specifying
> PRNG algorithms?  (E.g., MATLAB takes such an
> approach:
> http://www.mathworks.com/access/helpdesk/help/techdoc/math/brt5wsv.html)
>
> Wouldn't this meet the need for replicability with much greater generality?
>
>
That's probably a better idea. The sort functions have the 'kind' keyword to
select between three algorithms and such an addition to the random number
functions might be a good thing to have for the future if other algorithms
get updated/changed. If such a keyword is added it can be given a value of
None where there are no selections available.

Chuck
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