[SciPy-user] Inconsistent function calls?

Ivo Maljevic ivo.maljevic@gmail....
Thu May 21 21:17:42 CDT 2009

Sorry Christopher, I thought since they are used for the same purpose, and
have similar syntax (http://www.scipy.org/NumPy_for_Matlab_Users says
``MATLAB® and NumPy/SciPy have a lot in common``), that SciPy looks more
like Matlab than any other programing language (excluding Octave and other
Matlab clones).

As for everything else you wrote, I already said that I don`t have any
problem with using SciPy the way it is.


2009/5/21 Christopher Barker <Chris.Barker@noaa.gov>

> Ivo Maljevic wrote:
> > why bother to make something that looks like matlab,
> who ever said numpy "looks like matlab", any more than it look s like
> any number of other programming environments...
> > Matplotlib does a pretty good job at  replicating
> > matlab plot functions, at least at the level I need it to.
> Because is was designed exactly to do that -- but I think MPL's Matlab
> replicating has been a hindrance, rather than a help, to a good API.
> However, is has been a help to its adoption.
> You may have noticed that over the years MPL is moving away from matlab,
> toward a more pythonic API.
> Personally, I like python so much more than Matlab exactly for these
> differences (and so many more). I suppose it's tough if you switch back
> and forth, but I haven't touched Matlab in years.
> It is rand() that is inconsistent, and that is an accident of history.
> > what ones([3,3]) does, the same way random.rand(3,3) does,
> well, rand() is a convenience function, and doesn't take a bunch of
> other parameters.  In fact, it's listed under "Compatibility functions",
> and is really a wrapper for:
> numpy.random.uniform, which takes a shape argument.
> > the reason why I included that error message in my previous message
> > is because I think it is completely non-helpful.
> That's another issue -- non-helpful error messages do show up a lot --
> in that case, if the user had typed:
> np.zeros(3, dtype=3)
> the error message would make sense. If you can suggest a better message,
> patches are always welcome.
> -Chris
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