[SciPy-dev] numpy.random.randint

Robert Kern robert.kern at gmail.com
Fri Mar 10 18:25:53 CST 2006

Alan G Isaac wrote:
> On Fri, 10 Mar 2006, Robert Kern apparently wrote: 
>>The keyword in the functions does not necessarily match 
>>with the attribute names on the objects. I don't find this 
>>particularly shocking. Or bad. But that's just my tastes. 
>>So I'm -1 on changing numpy.random and all of scipy.stats. 
> I'll make a last comment and then let this go.
> The point you make above seems fine as an abstract point.
> But I think in this concrete case, where *all* we are doing 
> is generating arrays with core attributes that are well 
> known, the current size keyword and lack of shape keyword 
> are quite "surprising" and bad for that reason.
> I.e., will the current design produce questions from and 
> confusions for new users?

It hasn't for the several years that all of the scipy.stats distribution objects
have been using this convention.

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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