[SciPy-user] Clarification

Rich Shepard rshepard at appl-ecosys.com
Fri Jul 15 08:06:43 CDT 2005


On Fri, 15 Jul 2005, Alan G Isaac wrote:

> Unfortunately, the current situation is confusing.

Alan,

   Which is why I wrote for clarification. :-)

> 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.

   This is what I assumed from my reading.

> 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.

   I suspected this. Such similar names doesn't help one looking for options.

> One last things as you come on board: I recommend Matplotlib as your
> graphics package in any of these environments.

   I'll take a look. I've used Gri for years and PSTricks more recently. I'm
also looking at PGF which has advanced considerably. The latter two integrate
very well with LaTeX.

Thanks for the insight,

Rich

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