[Numpy-discussion] (Late) summary of PEP-225 discussion at Scipy

David Warde-Farley dwf@cs.toronto....
Wed Oct 29 04:00:33 CDT 2008

Hi Fernando,

In Robert's comment, I think the reST processor somehow got rid of a  
backslash. In my browser I see

	(I'm looking at you, Matlab's "")

although this is an aside that will be lost on anyone who hasn't used  
the Matlab backslash operator anyway.

In fact, one other thing just came to mind that isn't obvious and (so  
far as I can remember) hasn't been brought up: even though Robert and  
others (myself included) really only care about an operator to  
facilitate matrix multiplication, I think most of us would support the  
~*=  (mentioned in the PEP) as a natural companion to ~*.

Am I right about this? I realize it can't buy you the same in-place  
semantics as +-= and friends currently enjoy with numpy arrays, but I  
think most folks would just *expect* it to work,  i.e. if foo is 3x4  
and bar is 4x1 (or maybe a length 4 rank 1 array) then

	foo ~*= bar

results in foo now pointing to an array that (however you choose to  
handle rank) contains exactly 3 elements.



On 29-Oct-08, at 2:50 AM, Fernando Perez wrote:

> On Mon, Oct 27, 2008 at 12:27 PM, Fernando Perez  
> <fperez.net@gmail.com> wrote:
>> I just got back from some travel and will try to update the doc later
>> this evening with all the feedback and will post again, so that we  
>> can
>> converge on a final doc, which I'll then pitch over the fence to the
>> python-dev list.
> OK, thanks everyone for the feedback.  I've updated the bzr repo in
> case anyone is using that, as well as the static copy:
> https://cirl.berkeley.edu/fperez/static/numpy-pep225/
> Please have a look (the html is in sync with the source reST doc) and
> let me know if you have any more feedback, changes, etc.  I've tried
> to put in all of your comments and suggestions, but please say so  if
> I've missed something or you feel anything not to be accurate.
> I'll leave it for a few days up, and if there are no objections by
> next week, I'll  send it to the Python-dev list.  That will give them
> some days to think about it, in case anyone from that  list is
> interested in talking about it at the Nov 13 baypiggies meeting.
> Cheers,
> f
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