[SciPy-user] Clarification

Nils Wagner nwagner at mecha.uni-stuttgart.de
Fri Jul 15 07:27:54 CDT 2005


Alan G Isaac wrote:

>On Thu, 14 Jul 2005, Rich Shepard apparently wrote: 
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>>   I'm new to python and I'm trying to find my way in the wilderness of 
>>various packages as well as old versus new documentation. Right now I'd like 
>>to understand the differences between SciPy and ScientificPython. 
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>>   I suspect that my immediate needs for matrix manipulations -- particularly 
>>the calculation of the principal eigenvector -- may well be met by NumPy or 
>>Numeric. That's another pair whose differences I don't understand. 
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>>   Anyway, clarification of the SciPy/ScientificPython situation would be very 
>>much appreciated. 
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>Response from a relatively new user:
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>Unfortunately, the current situation is confusing.
>This is how I understand it.
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>SciPy currently sits above Numeric.  It has extensive 
>facilities for scientific computation.
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>Numarray was evolved to address some perceived inadequacies 
>in Numeric---numarray has some technical advantages, but has 
>a more "under development" flavor to it, while Numeric is 
>practically static. This is discussed in  part on the SciPy 
>page.  The two packages are currently being unified, and 
>preliminary work on this unification is available.
>http://www.scipy.org/wikis/numdesign/
>Thus the Numeric/numarray distinction should go away "soon", 
>but for the moment it is complicated by a 3rd option.
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>ScientificPython is something else entirely.  It is 
>a collection of useful objects for scientific computation.  
>You can use these in any of the above environments.  There 
>is some overlap with functions provided by SciPy.
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>One last things as you come on board: I recommend Matplotlib 
>as your graphics package in any of these environments.
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And how about 3D plotting capabilities ?

Nils

>hth,
>Alan Isaac
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