[Numpy-discussion] numpy release
Fri Apr 25 11:52:55 CDT 2008
On 25/04/2008, Stéfan van der Walt <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> 2008/4/25 Alan G Isaac <email@example.com>:
> > I must have misunderstood:
> > I thought the agreement was to
> > provisionally return a 1d array for x,
> > while we hashed through the other proposals.
> The agreement was:
> a) That x should be equal to x[0,0] and
> b) That x[0,:] should be equal to x (as for ndarrays)
> This breaks as little functionality as possible, at the cost of one
> (instead of two) API changes.
Hold on. There has definitely been some confusion here. This is not
what I thought I was suggesting, or what Alan thought he was
suggesting. I do not think special-casing matrices for which one
dimension happens to be one is a good idea at all, even temporarily.
This is the kind of thing that drives users crazy.
My suggested stopgap fix was to make x return a 1D *array*; I feel
that this will result in less special-casing. In fact I wasn't aware
that anyone had proposed the fix you implemented. Can we change the
> We should now discuss the proposals on the table, choose a good one,
> and implement all the API changes necessary for 1.2 or 2. It's a pity
> we have to change the API again, but the current situation is not
Yes, well, it really looks unlikely we will be able to agree on what
the correct solution is before 1.1, so I would like to have something
non-broken for that release.
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