[Numpy-discussion] Revised NEP-18, __array_function__ protocol

Stephan Hoyer shoyer at gmail.com
Sat Jun 30 15:13:11 EDT 2018

On Sat, Jun 30, 2018 at 11:59 AM Hameer Abbasi <einstein.edison at gmail.com>

> Hi Marten,
> Still, I'm not sure whether this should be included in the present NEP or
> is best done separately after, with a few concrete examples of where it
> would be useful.
> There already are concrete examples from Dask and CuPy, and this is
> currently a blocker for them, which is part of the reason I’m pushing so
> hard for it. See #11074 <https://github.com/numpy/numpy/issues/11074> for
> a context, and I think it was part of the reason that inspired Matt and
> Stephan to write this protocol in the first place.

Overloading np.ones_like() is definitely in scope already.

I’d love to see a generic way of doing random number generation, but I
agree with Martin that I don’t see it fitting a naturally into this NEP. An
invasive change to add an array_reference argument to a bunch of functions
might indeed be worthy of its own NEP, but again I’m not convinced that’s
actually the right approach. I’d rather add a few new functions like
random_like, which is a small enough change that concensus on the list
might be enough.
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