I've lost track if who is advocating what, but:

> >>> # Replace all "a" by "b"
>>> v.apply(lambda s: s.replace("a", "b"))

I do not get the point of this at all -- we already have map"

map(v, lambda s s.replace()"a,", "b")

these seem equally expressive an easy to me, and map doesn't require a custom class of anything new at all.
 
    v.replace("a", "b")

This is adding something - maybe just compactness, but I also think readability.

I've also lost track of whether anyone is proposing a "vector of strings' as opposed to a vector of arbitrary objects.

I think a vector strings could be useful and then it would be easier to decide which string methods should be applied to items vs the vector as a whole. If you want to do any generic items, it becomes a lot harder.

I think numpy has had the success it has because it assumes all dytpes are numerical and thus support (mostly) the same operations.

-CHB


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