[Numpy-discussion] corrcoef
Sven Schreiber
svetosch@gmx....
Thu Sep 6 12:13:24 CDT 2007
John Hunter schrieb:
> Is it desirable that numpy.corrcoef for two arrays returns a 2x2 array
> rather than a scalar
>
> In [10]: npy.corrcoef(npy.random.rand(10), npy.random.rand(10))
> Out[10]:
> array([[ 1. , -0.16088728],
> [-0.16088728, 1. ]])
>
>
> I always end up extracting the 0,1 element anyway. What is the
> advantage, aside from backwards compatibility, for returning a 2x2?
> JDH
Forgive me if my answer is trivial and misses your point, but I guess
because for more than two data series one also gets the entire
correlation matrix and that is desirable. However, I would agree that
the name "corrcoef" is unfortunate, suggesting a scalar value (at least
to me).
-sven
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