[Numpy-discussion] Synonym standards

Benjamin Root ben.root@ou....
Thu Jul 26 15:57:16 CDT 2012

On Thu, Jul 26, 2012 at 4:45 PM, Colin J. Williams <fn681@ncf.ca> wrote:

>  It seems that these standards have been adopted, which is good:
> The following import conventions are used throughout the NumPy source and
> documentation:
> import numpy as np
> import matplotlib as mpl
> import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
> Source: https://github.com/numpy/numpy/blob/master/doc/HOWTO_DOCUMENT.rst.txt
>  Is there some similar standard for PyLab?
> Thanks,
> Colin W.


Typically, with pylab mode of matplotlib, you do:

from pylab import *

This is essentially equivalent to:

from numpy import *
from matplotlib.pyplot import *

Note that the pylab "module" is actually a part of matplotlib and is a
shortcut to provide an environment that is very familiar to Matlab users.
Converts are then encouraged to use the imports you mentioned in order to
properly utilize python namespaces.

I hope that helps!
Ben Root
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