[Numpy-discussion] Status of Numeric

Arthur ajsiegel at optonline.com
Fri Jan 23 02:46:48 CET 2004


On Thu, 22 Jan 2004 09:48:46 -0500, "Edward C. Jones"
<edcjones at erols.com> wrote:

>Arthur wrote:

>> 
>> Couldn't one argue that - for example - in 3d graphic applications the
>> performance as to short arrays is crucial.
>
>In some numerical / graphing packages, there are specialized, fast, 
>fixed-size arrays for sizes less than 4 by 4.

The problem is having at one's disposal all the other good shit
functionality - technical term - that something like Numeric brings to
the table for operating on arrays.  

At least in how I have used it, where the 3d drawing might in fact
boil down to a short one-dimensionall vector, but the computations
that get me to the content of that vector might involve something
quite more than that.

Certainly I don't deal in 2000 element arrays, but on the other hand
the standard graphics matrix library doesn't quite cut it either .
Numeric has been quite the perfect thing.

I think this must be true for a wide assortment of visualization
applications.

Art  



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