[Python-Dev] PEP: Adding data-type objects to Python

Travis Oliphant oliphant.travis at ieee.org
Mon Oct 30 22:50:34 CET 2006

Greg Ewing wrote:
> Travis E. Oliphant wrote:
>>Greg Ewing wrote:
>>>What exactly does "bit" mean in that context?   
>>Do you mean "big" ?
> No, you've got a data type there called "bit",
> which seems to imply a size, in contradiction
> to the size-independent nature of the other
> types. I'm asking what size-independent
> information it's meant to convey.

Ah.  I see what you were saying now.   I guess the 'bit' type is 
different (we actually don't have that type in NumPy so my understanding 
of it is limited).

The 'bit' type re-intprets the size information to be in units of "bits" 
and so implies a "bit-field" instead of another data-format.


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