[PYTHON MATRIX-SIG] Are we talking about one thing or two?

Hinsen Konrad hinsenk@ere.umontreal.ca
Wed, 13 Sep 1995 16:10:49 -0400

   Easy - a more general concept might require me to worry about extra
   things that I'm not interested in (like the number of dimensions, or
   the "rank" that J uses).  These things are not interesting and can only
   cause problems by being there to make mistakes on.  We will end u
   writing a wrapper that gives us the interface we want and hides the

But it doesn't, as several decades of APL experience have shown. I
know several APL users who are doing linear-algebra type things and
are not even aware of the existence of higher-dimensional arrays.
Your "wrapper" would only map some operations on "matrices" on
exactly the same operations on "arrays" and leave out some others.
That's just an unnecessary complication.

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