[Numpy-discussion] Re: indexing problem
gruben at bigpond.net.au
Mon Feb 13 18:19:01 EST 2006
Tim Hochberg wrote:
> However, I'm not convinced this is a good idea for numpy. This would
> introduce a discontinuity in a**b that could cause problems in some
> cases. If, for instance, one were running an iterative solver of some
> sort (something I've been known to do), and b was a free variable, it
> could get stuck at b = 2 since things would go nonmonotonic there.
I don't quite understand the problem here. Tim says Python special cases
integer powers but then talks about the problem when b is a floating
type. I think special casing x**2 and maybe even x**3 when the power is
an integer is still a good idea.
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