[Numpy-discussion] Stricter numpydoc validation

Eric Larson larson.eric.d at gmail.com
Tue Jul 16 07:16:47 EDT 2019

I have written and/or used something like this (though not nearly as
complete!) in several other projects. It would be great to have one
maintained source for such a checker, and numpydoc seems like a reasonable
place for it.

The one thing I worry about is maintenance burden, where numpydoc is
already spread a little bit thin -- would any of the Pandas developers be
willing to maintain it?


On Tue, Jul 16, 2019 at 6:56 AM Marc Garcia <garcia.marc at gmail.com> wrote:

> In pandas we've been, for more than a year now, enforcing a stricter
> numpydoc standard. And we've got a script to help with it, which validates
> things like capitalization and punctuation of paragraphs, the documented
> parameters (they must match the ones in the signature, have both a type and
> a description...), PEP-8 of the standards, and many more things, so all our
> docstrings are consistent.
> I saw that there is an issue with a discussion on having a more strict
> standard for numpydoc, I added a comment there on whether would make sense
> to move the pandas standard and validation code to numpydoc:
> https://github.com/numpy/numpydoc/issues/213#issuecomment-511760580
> I think it's worth opening the discussion here too. Is there interest in
> the rest of the community on having a stricter standard, and move the
> pandas validation (with the required updates) to numpydoc? Of course we can
> discuss also the exact standard, but probably worth finding out first if a
> stricter numpydoc standard would make sense for everyone.
> You can find the documentation of our standard at:
> https://dev.pandas.io/development/contributing_docstring.html
> And the script that we use to validate, as well as the exact list of
> errors we detect in:
> https://github.com/pandas-dev/pandas/blob/master/scripts/validate_docstrings.py#L76
> Cheers!
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