[New-bugs-announce] [issue1880] Generalize math.hypot function

David W. Lambert report at bugs.python.org
Mon Jan 21 03:58:52 CET 2008

New submission from David W. Lambert:

Please generalize math.hypot.  While I don't have a survey of python 
codes, it seems to me unlikely for this change to break existing 

import math

def hypot(*args):
        Return the Euclidean vector length.
        >>> from math import hypot, sqrt
        >>> hypot(5,12)    # traditional definition
        >>> hypot()
        >>> hypot(-6.25)
        >>> hypot(1,1,1) == sqrt(3) # diagonal of unit box
    return math.sqrt(sum(arg*arg for arg in args))

I propose this version as closest to:
>>> print sys.version
2.5.1 (r251:54863, Jan  4 2008, 17:15:14) 
[GCC 3.4.4 (cygming special, gdc 0.12, using dmd 0.125)]
>>> print math.hypot.__doc__

Return the Euclidean distance, sqrt(x*x + y*y).


PS.  I don't understand why python is so restrictive.  Although hypot 
is in the math library, it could be written in EAFP style as

def hypot(*args):
    return sum(arg*arg for arg in args)**0.5

Rather than review the entire python library for items to generalize, 
I'll accept that the resulting errors would confuse "the penguin on my 
tele".  "hypot" crosses me most often.  I've not yet needed a version 
in the complex domain, such as my second version.

I typically fill my need for length with scipy.sqrt(scipy.dot(v,v)), 
only to realize that for the short vectors I use, standard python 
constructs always perform faster than scipy

components: Library (Lib)
messages: 61374
nosy: LambertDW
severity: minor
status: open
title: Generalize math.hypot function
type: rfe
versions: Python 3.0

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