[SciPy-dev] MCMC, Kalman Filtering, AI for SciPy?

Charles Harris charles.harris at sdl.usu.edu
Tue Sep 28 13:18:52 CDT 2004


Fernando Perez wrote:

> Perry Greenfield schrieb:
>
>> I have a feeling that no matter what classification system is used, 
>> so long as it
>> is purely hierarchical people are going to expect to find an item in 
>> another area.
>> Some things naturally associate with more than one category. Picking 
>> a good system
>> is important, but alone is unlikely to eliminate user frustration in 
>> finding things.
>
>
> This is true, and an inherent problem of _any_ hierarchical system.  
> However, I think that as much as in the unix world symlinks help 
> alleviate some of this in file management, we can use the fact that 
> python names are lightweight bindings to our advantage.  For things 
> which can truly be expected to live in more than one place, judicious 
> use of:
>
I agree. Toplevel modules should be able to import tools from several of 
the lowlevel libraries in scipy.lib . I think any good factoring of a 
large program falls into this general "lozenge" shape of dependences.

> scipy.foo.bar = scipy.otherfoo.bar
>
> can make life easy, if it's equally reasonable for users to expect bar 
> to be under foo and under otherfoo.
>
> I don't think the library names should be mercilessly duplicated 
> everywhere, but something like this can really help in a few places.  
> Obviously, a good, searchable, cross-referenced documentation is a key 
> part of the soultion to this problem, as you mention.
>
> Cheers,
>
> f
>
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