[SciPy-dev] Strange bug in linalg

Fernando Perez Fernando.Perez at colorado.edu
Mon Nov 15 12:11:38 CST 2004

Norbert Nemec wrote:
> On Monday 15 November 2004 13:34, Robert Kern wrote:
>>Norbert Nemec wrote:
>>>Hi there,
>>>the following code shows a really strange bug:
>>>>from numarray import *
>>>>from scipy.linalg import *
>>>>print array([[1.0]])
>>>>print eig(array([[1.0,1.0j],[-1.0j,1.0j]]))
>>Scipy does not currently work with numarray. My first guess is that that
>>is causing the crash.
> Large parts do already work with numarray. The longterm goal is also set to 
> support numarray (As I understand, probably as an alternative to Numeric). 
> Therefore, I would assume that those points that do not work yet should be 
> identified and either be fixed or marked as ToDo.

This one _might_ not be a scipy problem.  I don't have time to track it right 
now, but google for Andrew Straw in the numarray list for some recent messages 
regarding floating point exceptions.  He was running into similar issues, and 
it turned out to be a very obscure glibc bug.  You might want to look into 
that before spending too much more time on it from the python side, since it 
was quite tricky to track down, and _not_ the kind of thing you'd think of first.



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