[SciPy-user] scipy, numeric, numarray, pytables/hdf5 & ?numeric3/scipy.base

Robert Kern rkern at ucsd.edu
Tue Apr 26 08:24:07 CDT 2005

George Nurser wrote:
> I'm interested in using scipy and probably matplotlib to analyse and 
> plot data from a large-scale ocean model whose data are held in hdf5 
> format.
> The most obvious way to read (and write) data to hdf5 would seem to be 
> through the pytables package. From my (admittedly cursory) reading it 
> seems like pytables works with numarray rather than numeric.

It needs numarray internally, but it can work with Numeric just fine.

> Again, I may have misunderstood, but I gather that scipy is incompatible 
> with numarray but uses numeric.

At the moment, yes.

> If this is indeed a problem, is it likely to be solved by the 
> development of numeric3/scipy.base?

Yes, that is the driving purpose behind this development effort.

Robert Kern
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