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How do you use Python?

How do you use Python?

How do you use Python?

Hello all,

I was curious how each of you use Python for your calculations. Many engineers and engineering departments spend a fair amount of time to create and maintain spreadsheets. Do any of you do something similar with python modules?

For example, what I have been doing is building a python library that is the result of calculations that I find myself doing regularly. When I come to a new calculation, I will generally write a one-off script to get the problem solved and project moved forward. Sometime later, I will come back to the script and begin to divide it into general functions or sub-routines and move those to a separate module that stores these functions. I sort and organize these separate modules for reuse later, stored in a private GitHub repository. Any other calculations that are similar will then after import from my private modules.

Do any of you do something similar and have any things you have found helpful?

RE: How do you use Python?

I work in a very similar manner.

I found I was reinventing the wheel a lot with some things that are available in other libraries like SciPy and NumPy and I add a lot more detailed comments in my one off calculations now so when I go back to try and generalize them weeks/months later I'm not wasting as much time trying to figure what I was doing at the time.

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RE: How do you use Python?

The UI for th test based program I use mostly is written in Python, as are the routines which assemble each subsystem and system and the test rig. Analysis is also written in Python.

If I didn't have Matlab or Octave I suspect I'd use Python a lot more, but a lot of my analysis makes use of proprietary toolboxes, which are the same as we use for analysing real vehicle data. Commonality of analysis methods is vital.


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