[SciPy-dev] numpy.random.randint

Robert Kern robert.kern at gmail.com
Fri Mar 10 18:25:53 CST 2006


Alan G Isaac wrote:
> On Fri, 10 Mar 2006, Robert Kern apparently wrote: 
> 
>>The keyword in the functions does not necessarily match 
>>with the attribute names on the objects. I don't find this 
>>particularly shocking. Or bad. But that's just my tastes. 
> 
>>So I'm -1 on changing numpy.random and all of scipy.stats. 
> 
> I'll make a last comment and then let this go.
> The point you make above seems fine as an abstract point.
> But I think in this concrete case, where *all* we are doing 
> is generating arrays with core attributes that are well 
> known, the current size keyword and lack of shape keyword 
> are quite "surprising" and bad for that reason.
> 
> I.e., will the current design produce questions from and 
> confusions for new users?

It hasn't for the several years that all of the scipy.stats distribution objects
have been using this convention.

-- 
Robert Kern
robert.kern at gmail.com

"I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma
 that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had
 an underlying truth."
  -- Umberto Eco




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