[SciPy-dev] Leaning toward numpy

eric jones eric at enthought.com
Wed Jan 4 00:59:21 CST 2006


I'm for one of the following names:

    numpy
    really_really_fast_multi_dimensional_array_library_for_science_and_math

The benefit of the second is that typing singular_value_decomposition() 
would seem charmingly short.

eric



multi_dimensional_array Travis Oliphant wrote:

>Hi everyone,
>
>Well, the naming game has got to end soon.  My semester starts soon and 
>I've got to get a release out.  I'm leaning toward numpy for several 
>reasons:
>
>1) It has history --- and therefore a web-domain name, and a sourceforge 
>site.  Googling for numpy already returns stuff about Python and numbers.
>2) Currently both numarray and Numeric are under the sourceforge site, 
>numpy could go there without difficulty and lead out as a merger of the two.
>3) We've been using the concept of numpy for a long time, but never the 
>namespace. 
>
>I know it's not cool like naja would be, but it is descriptive and 
>carries with it marketing power already.   If you can come up with 
>arguments as to why numpy is a *terrible* choice, please send them in 
>*quickly*.
>
>Best,
>
>-Travis
> 
>
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