[SciPy-user] default dtype
strawman at astraw.com
Fri Dec 30 15:13:10 CST 2005
Seeing as this question comes up fairly often, I've made a FAQ for it in
the new wiki:
Please edit (as is the wiki way) as you see fit.
Alan G Isaac wrote:
>On Fri, 30 Dec 2005, Travis Oliphant apparently wrote:
>>The default can be changed in one place in the C-code if
>>we did decide to change it. Now's the time because
>>version 1.0 is approaching in the next couple of months.
>Once discovered, it does not matter much of course.
>My only argument for the change is the effect on prospective
>users as opposed to the existing base of knowledgeable
>users: most I suspect will come from environments where
>every number containing object is filled with floats by
>default. (I think GAUSS and Matlab work this way.) Any
>ordinary user who creates an array of zeros (or empty) and
>then assigns floats to a few elements is likely to be
>surprised by the outcome, I believe.
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