[Numpy-discussion] Do we want scalar casting to behave as it does at the moment?
Dag Sverre Seljebotn
d.s.seljebotn@astro.uio...
Tue Jan 8 15:37:51 CST 2013
On 01/08/2013 10:32 PM, Dag Sverre Seljebotn wrote:
> On 01/08/2013 06:20 PM, Andrew Collette wrote:
>> Hi,
>>
>>> I think you are voting strongly for the current casting rules, because
>>> they make it less obvious to the user that scalars are different from
>>> arrays.
>>
>> Maybe this is the source of my confusion... why should scalars be
>> different from arrays? They should follow the same rules, as closely
>
> Scalars (as in, Python float/int) are inherently different because the
> user didn't specify a dtype.
>
> For an array, there was always *some* point where the user chose,
> explicitly or implicitly, a dtype.
>
>> as possible. If a scalar value would fit in an int16, why not add it
>> using the rules for an int16 array?
>
> So you are saying that, for an array x, you want
>
> x + random.randint(100000)
>
> to produce an array with a random dtype?
>
> So that after carefully testing that your code works, suddenly a
> different draw (or user input, or whatever) causes a different set of
> dtypes to ripple through your entire program?
>
> To me this is something that must be avoided at all costs. It's hard
> enough to reason about the code one writes without throwing in complete
> randomness (by which I mean, types determined by values).
Oh, sorry, given that this is indeed the present behaviour, this just
sounds silly. I should have said it's something I dislike about the
present behaviour then.
Dag Sverre
>
> Dag Sverre
>
>
>
>
>>
>>> Returning to the question of 1.5 behavior vs the error - I think you
>>> are saying you prefer the 1.5 silent-but-deadly approach to the error,
>>> but I think I still haven't grasped why. Maybe someone else can
>>> explain it? The holiday has not been good to my brain.
>>
>> In a strict choice between 1.5-behavior and errors, I'm not sure which
>> one I would pick. I don't think either is particularly useful. Of
>> course, other members of the community would likely have a different
>> view, especially those who got used to the 1.5 behavior.
>>
>> Andrew
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