[SciPy-Dev] scipy.stats.signaltonoise docstring

Robert Kern robert.kern@gmail....
Tue Jun 15 00:52:36 CDT 2010

On Tue, Jun 15, 2010 at 00:47, David Goldsmith <d.l.goldsmith@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi, folks!  The docstring for scipy.stats.stats.signaltonoise says that if
> axis == None, the input is first ravel'd, but I see no code that does this;
> here's the code:
> def signaltonoise(a, axis=0, ddof=0):
>     """..."""
>     a = np.asanyarray(a)
>     m = a.mean(axis)
>     sd = a.std(axis=axis, ddof=ddof)
>     return np.where(sd == 0, 0, m/sd)
> Even though it's not surrounded by an "if axis is None:", I checked the
> docstring for asanyarray anyway, and there's nothing there about
> raveling.  So, what gives?

axis=None also ravels for the .mean() and .std() methods. Since the
rest of the function doesn't touch the input except through the
results of those methods, the function as a whole treats axis=None as

Robert Kern

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