[SciPy-dev] Generic polynomials class (was Re: Volunteer for Scipy Project)

Fernando Perez fperez.net@gmail....
Tue Oct 6 15:10:01 CDT 2009

On Tue, Oct 6, 2009 at 9:03 AM, Anne Archibald
<peridot.faceted@gmail.com> wrote:
> Personally I think that the high-to-low order in poly1d is a mistake,
> but at this point I think it may be one we're stuck with.

Sometimes I wonder if we shouldn't push a new poly class with the
other order.  I can't stand that API, and I make actual mistakes
pretty much every time I use it.  I know I could make my own personal
wrapper, but I've taught with this code and I always have to explain
things about it, students make mistakes that puzzle them, etc.

Perhaps a new one with a cleaned-up API (and obviously new names),
leaving the old one for backwards compatibility with a Pending, then
real, DeprecationWarning would be worthwhile?

If we're the only two people unhappy about this, so be it.  But if
it's a general feeling, now that Chuck is working on the Chebyshev
polys, it might be an opportunity to overhaul orthogonal polynomial
support in Scipy and do it right.

Just a thought from the peanut gallery though, because I'm unlikely to
have any time to do this myself...



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