[Numpy-discussion] dot function or dot notation, matrices, arrays?

Wayne Watson sierra_mtnview@sbcglobal....
Sat Dec 19 11:38:58 CST 2009

Yes, flat sounds useful here. However, numpy isn't bending over 
backwards to tie in conventional mathematical language into it.
I don't recall flat in any calculus books. :-) Maybe I've been away so 
long from it, that it is a common math concept? Although I doubt that.

Alan G Isaac wrote:
> On 12/19/2009 11:45 AM, Wayne Watson wrote:
>> A 4x1, 1x7, and 1x5 would be examples of a 1D array or matrix, right?
>> Are you saying that instead of using a rotational matrix  ...
>> that I should use a 2-D array for rotCW? So why does numpy have a matrix
>> class?  Is the class only used when working with matplotlib?
>> To get the scalar value (sum of squares) I had to use a transpose, T, on
>> one argument.
> At this point, you have raised some long standing issues.
> There are a couple standard replies people give to some of them.
> E.g.,
> 1. don't use matrices, OR
> 2. don't mix the use of matrices and arrays
> Matrices are *always* 2d (e.g., a "row vector" or a "column vector" is 2d).
> So in fact you should find it quite natural that that transpose was needed.
> Matrices change * to matrix multiplication and ** to matrix exponentiation.
> I find this very convenient, especially in a teaching setting, so I use
> NumPy matrices all the time.   Many on this list avoid them completely.
> Again, if you want a *scalar* as the product of vectors for which you
> created matrix objects (e.g., a and b), you can just use flat:
> np.dot(a.flat,b.flat)
> hth,
> Alan Isaac
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