[Numpy-discussion] Deprecate boolean math operators?

Alexander Belopolsky ndarray at mac.com
Fri Dec 6 12:23:23 EST 2013

On Fri, Dec 6, 2013 at 11:13 AM, Alan G Isaac <alan.isaac at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 12/5/2013 11:14 PM, Alexander Belopolsky wrote:
> > did you find minus to be as useful?
> It is also a correct usage.
Can you provide a reference?

> I think a good approach to this is to first realize that
> there were good reasons for the current behavior.
Maybe there were, in which case the current behavior should be documented

What is the rationale for this:

>>> -array(True) + array(True)


I am not aware of any algebraic system where unary minus denotes anything
other than additive inverse.

Having bools form a semiring under + and * is a fine (yet somewhat unusual)
choice, but once you've made that choice you loose subtraction because True
+ x = True no longer has a unique solution.
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