[SciPy-user] MatPy or SciPy

Travis Oliphant oliphant at ee.byu.edu
Wed Nov 17 19:12:50 CST 2004

Leguijt, Jaap J SIEP-EPT-RES wrote:

> Hello,
> Recently I started looking at python. As a Matlab user I wondered 
> whether python is a good or better alternative to Matlab as a 
> prototyping tool. On of the things I like about python is the fact 
> that it is open and it has a very nice object model. I found a package 
> called "MatPy" that seems to cover, in python, the functionality of 
> Matlab. I tried to install MatPy and that was not easy. It needed 
> additional packages and the most difficult to get properly installed 
> was cephes. After some time I managed to install MatPy but then I 
> found out that it failed many of its standard tests. The BioSimGrid 
> organisation has a nice reference manual that list the packages needed 
> to install MatPy. In this manual I found a reference to SciPy and to 
> me it seems to offer more functionality than MatPy. I don't have a 
> full overview yet of the functionality offered by the various packages 
> but is it correct to assume that SciPy covers the functionality of 
> Matpy. If this is true, I can give up my struggle with Matpy,
> which seems to be an inactive project anyhow.
I recommend installing Numeric and start learning about it's array 
object and Matrix object.

Then don't hesitate to install SciPy as it provides a large number of 
functions and classes for working with the Numeric array object.

MatPy was an older project to add a Matrix Object that didn't seem to 
recognize that there was one already available in Numeric.

If you install Numeric and then SciPy (needs Numeric anyway), then there 
are many on this list who can help you make the transistion... As an old 
Matlab user myself, I may be able to answer your transition questions.

-Travis Oliphant

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