[Numpy-discussion] Proposal: Deprecate np.int, np.float, etc.?

Chris Barker chris.barker at noaa.gov
Mon Jul 27 15:26:15 EDT 2015

On Sun, Jul 26, 2015 at 11:19 AM, Sturla Molden <sturla.molden at gmail.com>

> > we get away with np.float, because every OS/compiler that gets any
> regular
> > use has np.float == a c double, which is always 64 bit.
> Not if we are passing an array of np.float to a ac routine that expects
> float*, e.g. in OpenGL, BLAS or LAPACK. That will for sure give crazy
> results, just hang, or segfault.

well, yes, it is confusing, but at least consistent. So if you use it once
correctly in your Python-C transition code, it should work the same way
everywhere. As opposed to a np.int which is a python int, which is (if I
have this right):

32 bits on all (most) 32 bit platforms
64 bits on 64 bit Linux and OS-X
32 bits on 64 bit Windows (also if compiled by cygwin??)

And who knows on a Cray or ARM, or???


Anyway -- we agree on this -- having the python types in the numpy
namespace is confusing and dangerous -- even if it will take forever to
deprecate them!



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