[Numpy-discussion] Removing masked arrays for 1.7? (Was 1.7 blockers)

Matthew Brett matthew.brett@gmail....
Mon Apr 16 21:38:00 CDT 2012


Hi,

On Mon, Apr 16, 2012 at 6:03 PM, Matthew Brett <matthew.brett@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
>
> On Mon, Apr 16, 2012 at 3:06 PM, Travis Oliphant <travis@continuum.io> wrote:
>
>> I have heard from a few people that they are not excited by the growth of
>> the NumPy data-structure by the 3 pointers needed to hold the masked-array
>> storage.   This is especially true when there is talk to potentially add
>> additional attributes to the NumPy array (for labels and other
>> meta-information).      If you are willing to let us know how you feel about
>> this, please speak up.
>
> I guess there are two questions here
>
> 1) Will something like the current version of masked arrays have a
> long term future in numpy, regardless of eventual API? Most likely
> answer - yes?
> 2) Will likely changes to the masked array API make any difference to
> the number of extra pointers?  Likely answer no?
>
> Is that right?
>
> I have the impression that the masked array API discussion still has
> not come out fully into the unforgiving light of discussion day, but
> if the answer to 2) is No, then I suppose the API discussion is not
> relevant to the 3 pointers change.

Sorry, if the answers to 1 and 2 are Yes and No then the API
discussion may not be relevant.

Cheers,

Matthew


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