[SciPy-dev] Volunteer for Scipy Project

David Goldsmith d.l.goldsmith@gmail....
Mon Oct 5 15:54:11 CDT 2009


Just curious, Anne: have you anything in particular in mind (i.e., are there
some small - or gaping - holes in scipy (IYO, of course) which you know
could be filled by a careful implementation of something(s) extant in the
literature)?

DG

On Mon, Oct 5, 2009 at 1:40 PM, Anne Archibald <peridot.faceted@gmail.com>wrote:

> 2009/10/5 David Cournapeau <david@ar.media.kyoto-u.ac.jp>:
> > Hi Arkapravo,
> >
> > Arkapravo Bhaumik wrote:
> >>
> >>     Dear Sir/Ma'am
> >>
> >>     I was in e-mail contact with one of your colleagues , Travis ;  I
> >>     am very interested in contributing to scipy project as a
> >>     volunteer. I believe that I can contribute in
> >>
> >>     (1) Documentation
> >>     (2) Suggesting and developing newer functionality
> >>     (3) Study similar software as Matlab, Mathematica, Maple etc
> >>     trying to look for inspiration for possible improvements in scipy
> >>
> >
> > Thanks for your help. As in most open source projects, the best way to
> > contribute is to work on something that you actually need for yourself,
> > be it code enhancement, bug fixes, documentation, etc...
> >
> > Depending on your interests and proficiency in python vs. C vs. Fortran,
> > there are several things that could be worked on: the ones which need
> > the most work ATM are scipy.special and scipy.interpolate.
> >
> > Please note also that you should be careful when 'studying' proprietary
> > software - reimplementing from scratch a similar functionality is OK,
> > re-using the implementation is almost never ok.
>
> I would add a mode of working that is definitely okay: find a
> reference to a journal article on how to compute the thing you're
> interested in (possibly by finding the reference in
> matlab/r/maple/mathematica/whatever source ordoumentation) and
> implementing what is described in the research paper. This is a great
> way to fill gaps in scipy with good, well-thought-out algorithms.
>
> Anne
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