[SciPy-user] default dtype
oliphant.travis at ieee.org
Fri Dec 30 13:14:01 CST 2005
Alan G Isaac wrote:
>Is an integer data type the obvious
>default for 'empty'? I expected float.
This question comes up occasionally. The reason for int is largely
historical --- that's what was decided long ago when Numeric came out.
Changing this in some places would break a lot of code, I'm afraid.
And the default for empty is done for consistency. I felt it better to
have one default rather than many.
The default can be changed in one place in the C-code if we did decide
to change it. Now's the time because version 1.0 is approaching in the
next couple of months. Version 0.9 will be the first-of-the-year release.
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