[SciPy-user] data analysis, chemomentrics, python and open software

Arnar Flatberg arnar.flatberg@gmail....
Tue Mar 10 10:40:26 CDT 2009

Hi Giorgio,

I might be interested in contributing to such a project. Depending on the
time available and how the project develops of course. I have some
experience with both chemometrics and GUI development in python (mostly GTK,
some QT). My experience does require me to issue a warning though: GUI +
interactive graphics takes a lot of resources to develop, test, maintain and
deploy. Expecially the last two, and it is even more stressing when "real"
science is also a part of your job. On that thought, have you considered
using some Enthought tools to relieve some of these issues? (QT still an


On Tue, Mar 10, 2009 at 3:39 PM, giorgio.luciano@inwind.it <
giorgio.luciano@inwind.it> wrote:

> Dear All
> We’ve decided to start a project for developing a small, fast, efficient
> and easy software for univariate and multivariate software analysis applied
> to chemical data
> IDEA : The idea almost came since while teaching in short courses or to
> “lab” people, it seems that the
> approach of a “compact software” is more fruitful. Instead of “wasting”
> time on teaching how to slice matrix,  adding path, etc. (which are very
> easy one but for anyone that has been teaching matlab/octave/r know what I
> am talking about) people can just copy and paste (from excel), set
> parameters or conveniently leave as default and then run the analysis.
> Eventually mark “outlier” and rerun the analysis.
> HOW : So for not reinventing the wheel what do we choose ? We decided to
> develop the software using Python and Qt. The choice seemed the most
> suitable since python can behave like a glue importing already existent and
> tested R and Octave routines and also can rely on solid and stable
>  libraries like scipy and numeric. Qt also is a mature library that can rely
> on very good RAD and a big community of developers (Nokia bought Qt, just to
> give an idea) In this way we should be able to rapidly write GUI for every
> platform.
> Everything will be kept open to ensure also quick response to bug, issues
> and feedback for everyone that will like to contribute. We would like also
> to kept the architecture open in order to eventually port the software to
> custom hardware and to keep the possibility to tailor the software on user’s
> need
> We have a repository on google CODE and also the domain
> www.chemometrics.it will became the “house” of the sofware
> For now we are three main developer but we need all the help possible
> especially for the GUI part (bridge between QT and python)and people
> interested in increasing the python "libraries" for chemometrics routines
> So we search for other developer to join us and also tester.  Of course
> sponsors are welcome ;)
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