[SciPy-User] Naming Ideas

Tony Yu tsyu80@gmail....
Wed Sep 5 21:16:38 CDT 2012


On Wed, Sep 5, 2012 at 11:52 AM, Dan Goodman <dg.gmane@thesamovar.net>wrote:

> On 05/09/2012 15:05, Nathaniel Smith wrote:
> > On Wed, Sep 5, 2012 at 10:54 AM, Thomas Kluyver <takowl@gmail.com>
> wrote:
> >> Sciome - from the numfocus proposal (potential confusion with
> sciome.com)
> >> PyScis - pronounced like pisces (potential confusion with PySCeS and
> >> PySci, two unrelated Python projects)
> >> Scipy-base
> >> Unipy
> >> MatSysPy
> >> Pyengine
> >> Pycraft
> >>
> >> List subscribers, what do you think? Does one of those names feel
> >> right to refer to the scipy/numpy/etc. stack? Would you like to rule
> >> any out? Or can you think of a better name yourself?
> >
> > I said something similar in the numfocus thread, but I'll throw it out
> again:
> >
> > The only name that people seem to actually like for this is "PyLab".
>
> PyLab is a nice, clear, memorable name, but I feel like it's a bad fit
> for what is being suggested because it brings to mind Matlab, and, at
> least to me, suggests that we're just playing catch-up with that. The
> existing pylab in matplotlib is well named, because it is more or less
> providing a matlab replacement, but if we want to refer to the whole
> numpy/scipy/etc. ecosystem, which I believe aspires to be much more than
> just a free version of Matlab, shouldn't we be more ambitious and
> self-confident in the name?
>
> That said I have no good ideas. From the list above, Sciome is the
> nicest but the name clash makes it a bit risky I think.
>
> Is the idea that the ecosystem should be focused on scientific
> computation only? I thought that there was a push for more general high
> performance computational stuff?
>
> Some vague ideas, none of which are very good:
>
> - Sciosphere (I like the use of the word 'sphere' to represent an
> ecosystem, like biosphere, unfortunately already exists as well as not
> being very catchy)
>
> - SciGnosis, PyGnosis, etc., i.e. using gnosis (knowledge), although
> pygnosis is a bit close to psygnosis the computer game company, and
> maybe gnosis has too much religious connotation?
>
> Whatever is chosen, it should be easily Googlable returning preferably
> unique results!
>
> Dan
>

FWIW, I'm more-or-less in favor of pylab (despite the name clash), but I'm
really surprised no one has suggested scithon. (I know, it can be easily
confused with cython.)

-Tony
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