[Numpy-discussion] Time for beta1 of NumPy 1.0

Alan G Isaac aisaac at american.edu
Thu Jun 29 22:07:05 EDT 2006

On Thu, 29 Jun 2006, Travis Oliphant apparently wrote: 
> Please make any comments or voice major concerns 

A rather minor issue, but I would just like to make sure 
that a policy decision was made not to move to a float 
default for identity(), ones(), zeros(), and empty().
(I leave aside arange().)

I see the argument for a change to be 3-fold:
1. It is easier to introduce people to numpy if
   default data types are all float.  (I teach,
   and I want my students to use numpy.)
2. It is a better match to languages from which
   users are likely to migrate (e.g., GAUSS or
3. In the uses I am most familiar with, float is
   the most frequently desired data type.  (I guess
   this may be field specific, especially for empty().)

Alan Isaac

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