[Numpy-discussion] Masked Array for NumPy 1.7

Charles R Harris charlesr.harris at gmail.com
Sun May 20 01:15:32 EDT 2012

On Sat, May 19, 2012 at 10:48 PM, Travis Oliphant <travis at continuum.io>wrote:

> >
> > My own plan for the near term would be as follows:
> >
> > 1) Put in the experimental option and get the 1.7 release out. This gets
> us through the next couple of months and keeps things moving.
> >
> The "experimental" option does not solve the problem which is that the
> ndarray object now has masked fields which changes the fundamental nature
> of an ndarray for a lot of downstream users that really have no idea what
> has just happened.    I don't see how this has been addressed by any
> proposal except for the one I have suggested which allows a masked array
> object and a regular ndarray to co-exist for a time.    I doubt that the
> proposal actually helps get 1.7 out any faster either as there are multiple
> experimental APIs that would have to be created to pull it off on both the
> C and Python level.

So, remove them in 1.8 and try something else. With experimental (say in
site.cfg), the base array could even be different. I don't see the problem
here. Think big.


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