[Numpy-discussion] create numerical arrays from strings
Stéfan van der Walt
stefan at sun.ac.za
Thu Feb 6 09:04:35 EST 2014
On Thu, 06 Feb 2014 08:46:49 -0500, Alan G Isaac wrote:
> You may ask, where would this possibly matter?
> The answer: in the undergraduate classroom.
As a lecturer, I understand where you are coming from, but I don't think we
can ultimately make API decisions based on teachability.
The ndarray constructor already has behavior defined for strings:
np.array('1 2 3; 4 5 6')
array('1 2 3; 4 5 6',
So we can't easily change that now. The best is probably to write a small
utility library for your students that help them to easily construct arrays.
Also, if you teach them inside an IPython Notebook, they can easily type
which is quite readable and makes use of standard Python objects.
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