[Numpy-discussion] Extensive use of methods instead of functions

Chris Barker Chris.Barker at noaa.gov
Tue Jan 28 11:02:04 EST 2003

Konrad Hinsen wrote:
> > M = array(l)
> > Mt = M.transpose()
> >
> > just isn't that much worse than:
> >
> > Mt = transpose(l)
> No, but the automatic conversion enables me to write functions that
> accept any sequence type without even having to think about it.

I've used that to, but I also frequently use something like this:

def function(A):
	A = array(A)

Which is pretty simple to. 

> Moreover, it is almost essential in many situations to accept scalars
> in place of arrays, because scalars fulfill the role of rank-0 arrays.

Yes, this is critical. Isn't there a plan to make the scalar -- rank-0
array dicotomy a little cleaner in NumArray ?
> > I also agree that the point is not subclassing per se, it's
> > polymorphism. It should be easy to write a class that acts like an array
> > in all the ways that you need it to. 
> True, and that is a weak point of NumPy.

Is this getting any better with NumArray?


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