On Fri, 23 Jan 2004, Larry Wall wrote:I just want to chime in to support dropping the term "vector". There are
> Sorry, I was just copying the designers of supercomputers in my
> terminology. So you can really blame Seymour Cray for misappropriating
> the term. On a Cray, "vector processing" is just operations applied
> in parallel to two one-dimensional lists. Unfortunately, I don't
> think you'll be able to get an apology from Seymour Cray these days...
> I really only care about the concept--I don't give a rip about the
> On the other hand, we could teach the mathemeticians not to assume
enough people who speak both math and CS that I have noticed a lot of
confusion caused by the term, not only in the "outer product" vs "inner
product" vs what-we-really-mean, but also with stopping at the max or min
when working with unequal length lists.
I would vote for "element-wise" for a relatively accurate description, or
I did a quick survey of a few vector math packages to find some
~ John Williams
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