[SciPy-dev] MCMC, Kalman Filtering, AI for SciPy?

Prabhu Ramachandran prabhu at aero.iitm.ernet.in
Thu Sep 30 01:42:52 CDT 2004

>>>>> "FP" == Fernando Perez <Fernando.Perez at colorado.edu> writes:

    FP> Robert Kern wrote:
    >> I'll just chip in my two cents now and agree with Perry and
    >> others that organizing the source tree according to GAMS is
    >> probably no better than an attempt to organize
    >> conscientiously. Search is a much better way to find what one
    >> is looking for (c.f. Google).

    FP> I agree that for finding stuff, a good search engine beats the
    FP> pants off _any_ hierarchical scheme.  Google has proven that
    FP> beyond the shadow of a doubt: it's easier to find a file on
    FP> the internet than on your own hard disk!

Some time in the distant past, I wrote a help browser for the VTK API,
with a simple and/or based search capability.  The code is part of
MayaVi (inside ivtk.py) and really quite straightforward.  It
basically grabs all the class documentation from the 700 odd VTK class
doc strings, and lets you search by class name or by any given string
on the class docs.  It then lets you view the class docs.  Its
definitely not perfect, but works.  I'm sure it could be used on the
scipy docs with some work.  If you have MayaVi installed, run the
attached script.  The slow start up time is because its importing VTK
and not because its generating the docs. :) The GUI is crappy but it
can be improved.

I'm sure the approach can be used for a web based search, inside
IPython etc.  So if you are interested you can use/modify that code.


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