[SciPy-user] Inconsistent function calls?

David Warde-Farley dwf@cs.toronto....
Thu May 21 16:11:31 CDT 2009

On 21-May-09, at 11:58 AM, Robert Kern wrote:

>  I'd personally be quite happy to drop it, but we do have to
> maintain some amount of backwards compatibility, so you do have to
> deal with the warts accumulated by history.

+1 on being happy to drop them.

I am routinely tempted into using rand() and randn() instead of  
random() and random.normal and then I forget which things want tuples  
and which things want regular arguments.

matplotlib.mlab seems like the most reasonable place for Matlab  
compatibility functions, that behave "the Matlab way" as opposed to  
"the NumPy way" as they've already got plenty (find() is basically a  
poor man's which(), etc.). NumPy's goal should be consistency, I think.

Opinions may vary, of course, and it depends whether the matplotlib  
guys mind taking NumPy's impure castoffs.


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