I’m looking into using owl-base for manipulating arrays. To avoid the dependencies I wanted to stay away from full-fledged owl. Is there an ergonomic way to use owl-base on its own? In the API all I could find was a large collection of low-level functions…
The API is messy because it allows for so many different kinds of arrays. What you want is here. owl-base is great on its own.
thanks! I guess I open that module then? Still it seems the full Owl has an easier to navigate API, and I wonder if it would not be possible to give Owl-base the same user-facing convenience?
Sorry for just uttering wishes here, but I think that factoring out from owl-base a numpy-like library for array manipulation without bells and whistles which is
- pure-ocaml, low-dependency
- well-documented, e.g. docstrings visible with :MerlinDocument for all functions
- including toplevel support
would be a really nice contribution to the ocaml ecosystem.
Incidentally, is there a
Format compatible pretty printer for arrays or matrices in Owl-base somewhere? I only found a
Owl_pretty I see it now.
After some hours I feel like an archaeologist of some sort digging for usable bits. At last, by comparing with full Owl, I found that the
Owl_base_dense_ndarray.Operator module apparently does not have the slicing syntax, which
Owl_dense_ndarray.Operator has. Also, I did not find a way to use the functor
Owl_operator.Make_Extend to generate them as I could not figure out what module has the required input signature.
bottom line: no slicing/indexing for me
I would not recommend Owl-base for productive work for the time being.
It’s definitely not intuitive. I feel like Owl took too much on, rather than focusing on something specific like a numpy for OCaml.