[Numpy-discussion] New functions.

Robert Kern robert.kern@gmail....
Wed Jun 1 11:25:59 CDT 2011

On Wed, Jun 1, 2011 at 11:11, Bruce Southey <bsouthey@gmail.com> wrote:
> On 06/01/2011 11:01 AM, Robert Kern wrote:
>> On Wed, Jun 1, 2011 at 10:44, Craig Yoshioka<craigyk@me.com>  wrote:
>>> would anyone object to fixing the numpy mean and stdv functions, so that they always used a 64-bit value to track sums, or so that they used a running calculation.  That way
>>> np.mean(np.zeros([4000,4000],'f4')+500)
>>> would not equal 511.493408?
>> Yes, I object. You can set the accumulator dtype explicitly if you
>> need it: np.mean(arr, dtype=np.float64)
> Sure but fails to address that the output dtype of mean in this case is
> np.float64 which one would naively assume is also np.float64:
>  >>> np.mean(np.zeros([4000,4000],'f4')+500).dtype
> dtype('float64')

Of course my statement fails to address that because that wasn't what
I was responding to.

Robert Kern

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enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as
though it had an underlying truth."
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