[SciPy-dev] Python interface to COBYLA
oliphant at ee.byu.edu
Tue Apr 13 15:22:27 CDT 2004
Pearu Peterson wrote:
>On Tue, 13 Apr 2004, Jean-Sebastien Roy wrote:
>>Following my previous mail, I did a preliminary Python interface to
>>M.J.D. Powell COBYLA optimization package.
>>I translated the Fortran package to C via f2c, did a few adjustments,
>>and added a Python interface so it could be easily integrated into SciPy.
>>As stated in a previous mail, M.J.D. Powell agreed for the inclusion of
>>COBYLA in SciPy. (Many thanks to him !)
Many thanks are owed to Jean-Sebastien for his assistance in this
area. I would like to echo, however, Pearu's suggestion that there is
no need to convert working Fortran code to C for inclusion into scipy.
f2py actually makes the process of integrating fortran code into SciPy
easier than integrating C code.
So, unless there is an important reason to convert to C (dynamic memory
allocation for example), I would think it is better to keep Fortran code
in Fortran when possible.
Thanks again, Jean,
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