[SciPy-dev] Porting (some of?) Netlab to SciPy (Google Soc)

Robert Kern robert.kern at gmail.com
Thu Apr 27 12:07:01 CDT 2006

Fred Mailhot wrote:
> Hello,
> The Python Software Foundation's page of potential projects for this
> year's Google Summer of Code contains the following entry:
> "Conduct a review of one chunk of functionality in scipy similar to
> the one currently in progress about the statistics package [...]
> Recently discussed requests have been [...], and porting the Netlab
> neural network code to scipy."
> I am highly interested in carrying out the Netlab project in the
> context of Google's Summer of Code (fulltime from June-August) and
> would like to know whether this is something that is sufficiently of
> interest to SciPy's developers

Well, that would be why I put it up there.  :-)

> and if so whether there is someone
> available and willing to serve as mentor (I envision weekly online
> meetings plus emergency contact as needed).

There will be. It's one of the several projects I am interested in mentoring.
There are possibly others interested as well. Of course, decisions as to who
will be mentoring what project won't be made until the proposals are in and

> A bit about myself:
> I am a graduate student in Cognitive Science with about 2 years of
> experience with Python in particular and about 6 years total of
> programming experience. I have implemented several neural network
> models (feedforward, recurrent, Hopfield) as well as many other
> machine learning algorithms so I am quite comfortable with the
> requisite concepts.
> If someone is interested in pursuing this please contact me as soon as
> possible so that we can work on putting a great proposal together. I
> am happy to pass along my CV or answer any other questions

Actually, you get to write the proposal yourself. ;-) However, I'm more than
happy to look over what you've written and make suggestions before you submit
your proposal. The same goes for any other potential scipy students.

Robert Kern
robert.kern at gmail.com

"I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma
 that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had
 an underlying truth."
  -- Umberto Eco

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