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Re: Mathworks on broadcasting

From: Francesco Potortì
Subject: Re: Mathworks on broadcasting
Date: Thu, 27 Oct 2016 23:54:11 +0200

>On Thu, Oct 27, 2016 at 4:17 PM, Sebastian Schöps <address@hidden> wrote:
>> So, MATLAB invented broadcasting:
>> "Other people thought that the new operator behavior was not sufficiently
>> based on linear algebra notation. However, instead of thinking of MATLAB as
>> a purely linear algebra notation, it is more accurate to think of MATLAB as
>> being a matrix and array computation notation. And in that sense, MATLAB
>> has
>> a long history of inventing notation that became widely accepted, including
>> backslash, colon, and various forms of subscripting."
>to be fair, that statement does not say that they invented the notation for
>automatic broadcasting, just that they've invented notation that has become
>widely accepted for matrix computation, and based on that their use of the
>dot-operators for automatic broadcasting is not something they should  have
>avoided because it falls outside of typical linear algebra rules.

As a side note, I am very happy with Octavés broadcast capability, which
has been very useful to me since it was introduced.

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