I installed SciPy and NumPy (0.9.5, because 0.9.6 does not work with

the current version of SciPy), and had some teething troubles. I looked

around for help and observed that the tutorial is dated October 2004,

and is not as thorough as Python's documentation. Is there an

alternative source of information that lists all the functions and

their usage?

I tried using scipy.info to get information on the std function in the

stats libary, and ran into the following problem.

x = [1, 2, 3, 4]

import scipy

scipy.std(x)
1.2909944487358056

scipy.info(std)

Traceback (most recent call last):

File "<pyshell#6>", line 1, in -toplevel-

scipy.info(std)

NameError: name 'std' is not defined

scipy.info(stats)

Traceback (most recent call last):

File "<pyshell#7>", line 1, in -toplevel-

scipy.info(stats)

NameError: name 'stats' is not defined

scipy.info(stats.std)

Traceback (most recent call last):

File "<pyshell#11>", line 1, in -toplevel-

scipy.info(stats.std)

NameError: name 'stats' is not defined

However, If I redo the import as follows I can get help on std: from scipy import *

info(std)
std(a, axis=0, dtype=None)

None

Question: why did it work this time and not on my first attempt?

Thanks in advance

Thomas Philips