numerical packages for 1.5.2?
fperez528 at yahoo.com
Thu Dec 6 08:58:54 EST 2001
Mark Fardal wrote:
> I'd like to do some scientific/numerical work with Python. On the
> computers accessible to me, Python 1.5.2 is quite common but Python
> 2.x is not to be found anywhere. I don't have root password to most
> of these computers. I'd also like to share my code with
> collaborators, and don't want to make them upgrade Python itself
> (which is significantly harder than upgrading Python packages). So,
> it looks like Python 1.5.2 is it for now. These are mostly
> Linux/x86 systems with a few SGIs.
> Given that restriction, what version of Numeric should I be using?
> there a version of SciPy that will work on 1.5.2? Are there known
> bugs in any of these versions I should watch out for?
> Mark Fardal
> University of Victoria
Why don't you just create a ~you/local/ directory and build py2.1
there? It will take a half hour, and the improvements are
substantial. You can just tell your friends to have an alias that
points to ~you/local/bin/python for them to use it without upgrading
Just an idea, since you lose some important features with python<2.0
for numeric (such as rich comparisons: a<b for a,b arrays returns a
number in old python, but a full array of a[i]<b[i] for the newer
versions. This can make writing certain algorithms much easier and
they also perform faster as the looping is done in C).
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