[SciPy-dev] stats confusion

Robert Kern robert.kern@gmail....
Wed Jun 17 17:07:16 CDT 2009


On Wed, Jun 17, 2009 at 16:45, <josef.pktd@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 17, 2009 at 5:13 PM, Robert Kern<robert.kern@gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Wed, Jun 17, 2009 at 16:08, David Goldsmith<d_l_goldsmith@yahoo.com> wrote:
>>>
>>> OK, this is where I chime in: should the doc be clarified, or does this seem like enough of an arcane deviation from "naive" Python practice that we'll actually want to modify the code (and thus postpone modifying the doc 'til that's done)?
>>
>> Clarify the documentation.
>
> I don't see why we should need to document the usage of positional keywords.
>
> The generated docstrings for the distribution in
> http://docs.scipy.org/doc/scipy/reference/generated/scipy.stats.chi2.html?highlight=chi2#scipy.stats.chi2
>
> is pretty dense, and we don't need to load it up with a description
> how to use function arguments.

The docstring for the scipy.stats.distributions module could use a
warning. The distributions are complicated and important enough that
they deserve some tutorial-style documentation, which would be the
ideal place for this information.

-- 
Robert Kern

"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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