[SciPy-User] Suggest moving curve_fit from minpack to top level

josef.pktd@gmai... josef.pktd@gmai...
Wed Feb 24 08:18:28 CST 2010

On Wed, Feb 24, 2010 at 9:07 AM, Pim Schellart <p.schellart@gmail.com> wrote:
> Dear Scipy users,
> I would like to suggest moving the curve_fit wrapper function from the
> minpack module to the top level and possibly renaming it to "fit".
> So you could access it using:
> import scipy as sp
> sp.fit(...)
> Curve fitting is one of the most important tasks in scientific
> analysis and most people starting with scipy struggle to find this
> (undocumented) function, especially when moving to scipy from gnuplot
> which has a basic fit function that performs the same task.
> What are your thoughts about this?

I don't think it's a good idea.

I almost never import scipy directly, only

from scipy import optimize, stats
import scipy.linalg as splinalg

The pure scipy.* namespace is pretty empty

"fit" is a term that is too generic, polyfit, linear fit, ....

curve_fit will hopefully sufficiently documented and included in the
docs when it is included in a release of scipy.

>>> import this  # last item


> Kind regards,
> Pim Schellart
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