[Numpy-discussion] Time for beta1 of NumPy 1.0
robert.kern at gmail.com
Fri Jun 30 14:54:30 CDT 2006
Scott Ransom wrote:
> On Fri, Jun 30, 2006 at 01:25:23PM -0600, Travis Oliphant wrote:
>> Robert Kern wrote:
>>> Whatever else you do, leave arange() alone. It should never have accepted floats
>>> in the first place.
>> Actually, Robert makes a good point. arange with floats is
>> problematic. We should direct people to linspace instead of changing
>> the default of arange. Most new users will probably expect arange to
>> return a type similar to Python's range which is int.
>> So, I think from both a pragmatic and idealized situtation, arange
>> should stay with the default of ints. People who want arange to return
>> floats should be directed to linspace.
> I agree that arange with floats is problematic. However,
> if you want, for example, arange(10.0) (as I often do), you have
> to do: linspace(0.0, 9.0, 10), which is very un-pythonic and not
> at all what a new user would expect...
> I think of linspace as a convenience function, not as a
> replacement for arange with floats.
I don't mind arange(10.0) so much, now that it exists. I would mind, a lot,
about arange(10) returning a float64 array. Similarity to the builtin range() is
much more important in my mind than an arbitrary "consistency" with ones() and
It's arange(0.0, 1.0, 0.1) that I think causes the most problems with arange and
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that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had
an underlying truth."
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