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

Travis Oliphant oliphant at ee.byu.edu
Tue Sep 28 13:12:48 CDT 2004


> 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.

As far as searching goes.  scipy.info started something like this a 
while back.  The functionality was lost a bit when the delayed import 
mechanism was used (but it could be modified to work). 

The idea was that scipy.info(<string>) would start looking for <string> 
in all the documentation it could find and then would print what it 
found.   It still works on things that are in the namespace of scipy but 
not subpackages.

try

scipy.info("fft")

for example

It is rudimentary, but shows an idea that could be pursued.

We should also think about a help-browser system that could pop up (in a 
different process I think), when the user enters a help command.

This is what maple and matlab do effectively.

-Travis





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