[SciPy-dev] Google Summer of Code 2008 and SciPy

Robert Kern robert.kern@gmail....
Sat Mar 8 13:13:40 CST 2008

On Sat, Mar 8, 2008 at 11:07 AM, Alan G Isaac <aisaac@american.edu> wrote:
> On Fri, 7 Mar 2008, Robert Kern apparently wrote:
>  > I'm guessing that it was Alan Isaac who requested
>  > econometric functions.
>  Just to elaborate a bit on Robert's comment ...
>  I volunteered to be a mentor *if* the SciPy project decides
>  to fund a student to expand the econometric capabilities of
>  SciPy.  Availability of a mentor does NOT ensure that this
>  will be a SciPy priority.  (It does not hurt, of course.)

I am more than happy to have them. I only have two concerns:

  1. Due care should be taken to enhance the current functionality
where it exists rather than creating duplicate functionality.

  2. For SciPy, I prefer more general code than domain-specific code.
If there is a choice between general statistical practice and
specifically econometrics, I'd prefer that we go with general
statistical practice. If there is some doubt, ask on the list, and I'm
sure that you'll get a variety of opinions.

Robert Kern

"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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