[SciPy-dev] Control Systems Module

Robert Kern rkern at ucsd.edu
Wed Apr 20 05:52:54 CDT 2005

Venkat Raghavan V.C. wrote:
> Hi all,
> I am new to scipy and python. I have some experience in programming in
> C, and compiling stuff. I do have good control systems knowledge,
> including the math!
> I would like to write a Control Systems module for scipy, similiar to
> the one in Matlab. I have done quite a bit of programming in Matlab,
> though I don't think that's going to help me out in this regard,
> except maybe regarding design.


> The problem is, how do I get started off? I have about 3 months of
> time during summer which I intend to have finished this off. I would
> be grateful if someone gives me a general overview on how to go about
> it.

Not knowing anything specific about control theory codes, I can really 
only give some general advice. And in fact, most of the advice I can 
give is to use f2py wherever possible! I think your code would probably 
go into its own scipy.control subpackage. Other than that, look around 
scipy for analagues to mimic.

> I have found this netlib library,
> http://www.netlib.org/ieeecss/cascade/ after minimal searching.
> I also know of the scipy api docs. I just wanted to build a roadmap
> before I get started off!

Robert Kern
rkern at ucsd.edu

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