# [PYTHON MATRIX-SIG] Type naming conventions

**Hinsen Konrad
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hinsenk@ere.umontreal.ca

*Fri, 26 Jan 1996 12:05:45 -0500*

I'd like to propose adding the following functions to Numeric.py.
Character
Integer
Float
Complex
I like the idea, but would prefer names like CharacterType, IntType etc.
"Integer" looks too much like a cast to integer type.
Things like Integer(minimumSize=16) would also be possible if we
agreed they made sense. You'd also want to have Integer() just return
the typecode used by python ints.
The latter makes more sense to me.
To be precise, I'd like these functions to return a typecode for a
type that is at least as big as indicated, not necessarily exactly as
big. For integers this is not so important (the sizes are always
8/16/32/64 on modern machines), but there is more variation for float
types. In fact the FloatType() function should perhaps have two
arguments, one specifying precision and the other range. Then
FloatType(10, 50) would specify a type with an accuracy of 10 or more
decimal digits and a range of at least 10**50 (which would be "double"
on most machines, but "float" on a Cray).
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