[SciPy-User] Proposal for a new data analysis toolbox

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Wed Nov 24 05:54:55 CST 2010


On Wed, Nov 24, 2010 at 2:56 AM, Dag Sverre Seljebotn
<dagss@student.matnat.uio.no> wrote:
> On 11/23/2010 10:17 PM, Keith Goodman wrote:
>> On Tue, Nov 23, 2010 at 1:09 PM, Sebastian Haase<seb.haase@gmail.com>  wrote:
>>
>>> On Tue, Nov 23, 2010 at 8:23 PM, Keith Goodman<kwgoodman@gmail.com>  wrote:
>>>
>>>> On Mon, Nov 22, 2010 at 7:35 AM, Keith Goodman<kwgoodman@gmail.com>  wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> This thread started on the numpy list:
>>>>> http://mail.scipy.org/pipermail/numpy-discussion/2010-November/053958.html
>>>>>
>>>> Based on the feedback I got on the scipy and numpy lists, I expanded
>>>> the focus of the Nanny project from A to B, where
>>>>
>>>> A = Faster, drop-in replacement of the NaN functions in Numpy and Scipy
>>>> B = Fast, NaN-aware descriptive statistics of NumPy arrays
>>>>
>>>> I also renamed the project from Nanny to dsna (descriptive statistics
>>>> of numpy arrays) and dropped the nan prefix from all function names
>>>> (the package is simpler if all functions are NaN aware). A description
>>>> of the project can be found in the readme file here:
>>>>
>>>> http://github.com/kwgoodman/dsna
>>>>
>>> Nanny did have the advantage of being "catchy" - and easy to remember... !
>>> no chance of remembering a 4 ("random") letter sequence....
>>> If you want to change the name, I suggest including the idea of
>>> speed/cython/.. or so -- wasn't that the original idea ....
>>>
>> I couldn't come up with anything. I actually named the project STAT
>> but then couldn't import ipython because python has a stat module.
>> Ugh. I'd like a better name so I am open to suggestions. Even an
>> unrelated word would be good, you know, like Maple.
>>
>
> This feels like the kind of functionality that, once it is there, people
> might start to take for granted. In those cases I think finding a boring
> name is proper :-)
>
> So how about something boring under the scikits namespace.
> scikits.datautils, scikits.arraystats, ...
>
> If one wants to be cute, perhaps "scikits.missing", for functions that
> deal well with missing data (unless I misunderstand, I don't use NaN
> much myself).
>
> I guess "Missing" by itself would be rather un-Googlable :-)

I think having a good name for search engines makes a name more practical
(compare a search for statsmodels with a search for pandas or larry)

"nanstats" only shows similar programs to what this will be
"nandata" doesn't seem to be used yet

"nanpy" looks like a worm
"pynan" "pynans" google thinks its a misspelling

I like boring and descriptive

Josef

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