Python advocacy in scientific computation

Robert Kern robert.kern at
Sun Mar 5 20:20:02 CET 2006

Brian Blais wrote:
> Robert Kern wrote:
>>That said, we have an excellent array object far superior to Matlab's.
> I'd like to ask, being new to python, in which ways is this array object far superior
> to Matlab's?  (I'm not being sarcastic, I really would like to know!)

Matlab takes the view that "everything is a rank-2 matrix of floating point values."

Our arrays have been N-dimensional since day one. They really are arrays, not
matrices. You have complete control over the types.

Robert Kern
robert.kern at

"I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma
 that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had
 an underlying truth."
  -- Umberto Eco

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