ANN: SciPy 0.10.0 released

Ralf Gommers ralf.gommers at
Sun Nov 13 20:19:48 CET 2011

Hi all,

I am pleased to announce the availability of SciPy 0.10.0. For this release
over a 100 tickets and pull requests have been closed, and many new
features have been added. Some of the highlights are:

  - support for Bento as a build system for scipy
  - generalized and shift-invert eigenvalue problems in sparse.linalg
  - addition of discrete-time linear systems in the signal module

Sources and binaries can be found at , release notes are copied below.

The SciPy developers

SciPy 0.10.0 Release Notes

.. contents::

SciPy 0.10.0 is the culmination of 8 months of hard work. It contains
many new features, numerous bug-fixes, improved test coverage and
better documentation.  There have been a limited number of deprecations
and backwards-incompatible changes in this release, which are documented
below.  All users are encouraged to upgrade to this release, as there
are a large number of bug-fixes and optimizations.  Moreover, our
development attention will now shift to bug-fix releases on the 0.10.x
branch, and on adding new features on the development master branch.

Release highlights:

  - Support for Bento as optional build system.
  - Support for generalized eigenvalue problems, and all shift-invert modes
    available in ARPACK.

This release requires Python 2.4-2.7 or 3.1- and NumPy 1.5 or greater.

New features

Bento: new optional build system

Scipy can now be built with `Bento <>`_.
Bento has some nice features like parallel builds and partial rebuilds, that
are not possible with the default build system (distutils).  For usage
instructions see BENTO_BUILD.txt in the scipy top-level directory.

Currently Scipy has three build systems, distutils, numscons and bento.
Numscons is deprecated and is planned and will likely be removed in the next

Generalized and shift-invert eigenvalue problems in ``scipy.sparse.linalg``

The sparse eigenvalue problem solver functions
``scipy.sparse.eigs/eigh`` now support generalized eigenvalue
problems, and all shift-invert modes available in ARPACK.

Discrete-Time Linear Systems (``scipy.signal``)

Support for simulating discrete-time linear systems, including
``scipy.signal.dlsim``, ``scipy.signal.dimpulse``, and
has been added to SciPy.  Conversion of linear systems from continuous-time
discrete-time representations is also present via the
``scipy.signal.cont2discrete`` function.

Enhancements to ``scipy.signal``

A Lomb-Scargle periodogram can now be computed with the new function

The forward-backward filter function ``scipy.signal.filtfilt`` can now
filter the data in a given axis of an n-dimensional numpy array.
(Previously it only handled a 1-dimensional array.)  Options have been
added to allow more control over how the data is extended before filtering.

FIR filter design with ``scipy.signal.firwin2`` now has options to create
filters of type III (zero at zero and Nyquist frequencies) and IV (zero at

Additional decomposition options (``scipy.linalg``)

A sort keyword has been added to the Schur decomposition routine
(``scipy.linalg.schur``) to allow the sorting of eigenvalues in
the resultant Schur form.

Additional special matrices (``scipy.linalg``)

The functions ``hilbert`` and ``invhilbert`` were added to ``scipy.linalg``.

Enhancements to ``scipy.stats``

* The *one-sided form* of Fisher's exact test is now also implemented in
* The function ``stats.chi2_contingency`` for computing the chi-square test
  independence of factors in a contingency table has been added, along with
  the related utility functions ``stats.contingency.margins`` and

Basic support for Harwell-Boeing file format for sparse matrices

Both read and write are support through a simple function-based API, as
well as
a more complete API to control number format. The functions may be found in

The following features are supported:

    * Read and write sparse matrices in the CSC format
    * Only real, symmetric, assembled matrix are supported (RUA format)

Deprecated features


The maxentropy module is unmaintained, rarely used and has not been
well for several releases.  Therefore it has been deprecated for this
and will be removed for scipy 0.11.  Logistic regression in scikits.learn
is a
good alternative for this functionality.  The ``scipy.maxentropy.logsumexp``
function has been moved to ``scipy.misc``.


There are similar BLAS wrappers in ``scipy.linalg`` and ``scipy.lib``.
have now been consolidated as ``scipy.linalg.blas``, and ``scipy.lib.blas``

Numscons build system

The numscons build system is being replaced by Bento, and will be removed in
one of the next scipy releases.

Backwards-incompatible changes

The deprecated name `invnorm` was removed from
this distribution is available as `invgauss`.

The following deprecated nonlinear solvers from ``scipy.optimize`` have been

  - ``broyden_modified`` (bad performance)
  - ``broyden1_modified`` (bad performance)
  - ``broyden_generalized`` (equivalent to ``anderson``)
  - ``anderson2`` (equivalent to ``anderson``)
  - ``broyden3`` (obsoleted by new limited-memory broyden methods)
  - ``vackar`` (renamed to ``diagbroyden``)

Other changes

``scipy.constants`` has been updated with the CODATA 2010 constants.

``__all__`` dicts have been added to all modules, which has cleaned up the
namespaces (particularly useful for interactive work).

An API section has been added to the documentation, giving recommended
guidelines and specifying which submodules are public and which aren't.


This release contains work by the following people (contributed at least
one patch to this release, names in alphabetical order):

* Jeff Armstrong +
* Matthew Brett
* Lars Buitinck +
* David Cournapeau
* FI$H 2000 +
* Michael McNeil Forbes +
* Matty G +
* Christoph Gohlke
* Ralf Gommers
* Yaroslav Halchenko
* Charles Harris
* Thouis (Ray) Jones +
* Chris Jordan-Squire +
* Robert Kern
* Chris Lasher +
* Wes McKinney +
* Travis Oliphant
* Fabian Pedregosa
* Josef Perktold
* Thomas Robitaille +
* Pim Schellart +
* Anthony Scopatz +
* Skipper Seabold +
* Fazlul Shahriar +
* David Simcha +
* Scott Sinclair +
* Andrey Smirnov +
* Collin RM Stocks +
* Martin Teichmann +
* Jake Vanderplas +
* Gaël Varoquaux +
* Pauli Virtanen
* Stefan van der Walt
* Warren Weckesser
* Mark Wiebe +

A total of 35 people contributed to this release.
People with a "+" by their names contributed a patch for the first time.

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