On Thu, Dec 05, 2002 at 05:02:26PM -0800, Paul F Dubois wrote:
Since it really only interests scientific programmers I propose simply making it a separate deliverable on the Numeric site and withdrawing the PEP.
I'm not fully aware about the advantages/implications of puting Numeric in Python standard library, but to say that the manipulation of numeric arrays is only of interest to scientific programmers is the same of when in the early computing days engineers saing that computers would only be good for crunching numbers, and that the concept of personal computers was just non-sense...
For a non-scientic usage of Numeric see the examples in http://www.pygame.org/pcr/repository.php, but I can imagine the usefullness of Numeric in many more non-scientific applications: imaging, sound visualization plugins, 3D graphics, and probably much more.
The use of Numeric can speed up alot of algorithms which would be otherwise very slow in pure Python, and therefore forcing one to write C extensions. That's why IMHO something with the Numeric functionality should exist in the Python standard library.
Note that this is not the same that saying that Numeric should be included as is - perhaps it's better to have it seperately to let it mature more, perhaps not - but still, there is much more than a niche interest around it.
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