Is there a specific reason the numpy function
arange was named so?
People habitually make the typo
arrange, assuming it is spelled as the English word, so the choice seems like something of an oversight given that other less ambiguously spelled options (
range etc) are unused by numpy.
Was it chosen as a portmanteau of array and range?
NumPy derives from an older python library called Numeric (in fact, the first array object built for python). The
arange function dates back to this library, and its etymology is detailed in its manual:
arrayrange()function is similar to the
range()function in Python, except that it returns an array as opposed to a list.
arange()is a shorthand for
Tellingly, there is another example with
array(range(25)) (p.16), which is functionally the same as