Release Notes for 0.7.4

Aaron Meurer edited this page Dec 18, 2013 · 29 revisions

These are the release notes for SymPy 0.7.4, which was released on December 9, 2013.

This version of SymPy has been tested on Python 2.6, 2.7, 3.2, 3.3, and PyPy.

Major changes

Python 3

SymPy now uses a single code-base for Python 2 and Python 3.

Geometric Algebra

The internal representation of a multivector has been changes to more fully use the inherent capabilities of SymPy. A multivector is now represented by a linear combination of real commutative SymPy expressions and a collection of non-commutative SymPy symbols. Each non-commutative symbol represents a base in the geometric algebra of an N-dimensional vector space. The total number of non-commutative bases is 2**N - 1 (N of which are a basis for the vector space) which when including scalars give a dimension for the geometric algebra of 2**N. The different products of geometric algebra are implemented as functions that take pairs of bases symbols and return a multivector for each pair of bases.

The LaTeX printing module for multivectors has been rewritten to simply extend the existing sympy LaTeX printing module and the sympy LaTeX module is now used to print the bases coefficients in the multivector representation instead of writing an entire LaTeX printing module from scratch.

The main change in the geometric algebra module from the viewpoint of the user is the inteface for the gradient operator and the implementation of vector manifolds:

The gradient operator is now implemented as a special vector (the user can name it grad if they wish) so the if F is a multivector field all the operations of grad on F can be written grad*F, F*grad, grad^F, F^grad, grad|F, F|grad, grad<F, F<grad, grad>F, and F>grad where **, ^, |, <, and > are the geometric product, outer product, inner product, left contraction, and right contraction, respectively.

The vector manifold is defined as a parametric vector field in an embedding vector space. For example a surface in a 3-dimensional space would be a vector field as a function of two parameters. Then multivector fields can be defined on the manifold. The operations available to be performed on these fields are directional derivative, gradient, and projection. The weak point of the current manifold representation is that all fields on the manifold are represented in terms of the bases of the embedding vector space.

Classical Cryptography


  • Affine ciphers
  • Vigenere ciphers
  • Bifid ciphers
  • Hill ciphers
  • RSA and "kid RSA"
  • linear feedback shift registers.

Common Subexpression Elimination (CSE)

Major changes have been done in cse internals resulting in a big speedup for larger expressions. Some changes reflect on the user side:

  • Adds and Muls are now recursively matched ([w*x, w*x*y, w*x*y*z] ǹow turns into [(x0, w*x), (x1, x0*y)], [x0, x1, x1*z])
  • CSE is now not performed on the non-commutative parts of multiplications (it avoids some bugs).
  • Pre and post optimizations are not performed by default anymore. The optimizations parameter still exists and optimizations='basic' can be used to apply previous default optimizations. These optimizations could really slow down cse on larger expressions and are no guarantee of better results.
  • An order parameter has been introduced to control whether Adds and Muls terms are ordered independently of hashing implementation. The default order='canonical' will independently order the terms. order='none' will not do any ordering (hashes order is used) and will represent a major performance improvement for really huge expressions.
  • In general, the output of cse will be slightly different from the previous implementation.

Diophantine Equation Module

This is a new addition to SymPy as a result of a GSoC project. With the current release, following five types of equations are supported.

  • Linear Diophantine equation, a_{1}x_{1} + a_{2}x_{2} + . . . + a_{n}x_{n} = b
  • General binary quadratic equation, ax^2 + bxy + cy^2 + dx + ey + f = 0
  • Homogeneous ternary quadratic equation, ax^2 + by^2 + cz^2 + dxy + eyz + fzx = 0
  • Extended Pythagorean equation, a_{1}x_{1}^2 + a_{2}x_{2}^2 + . . . + a_{n}x_{n}^2 = a_{n+1}x_{n+1}^2
  • General sum of squares, x_{1}^2 + x_{2}^2 + . . . + x_{n}^2 = k

Unification of Sum, Product, and Integral classes

A new superclass has been introduced to unify the treatments of indexed expressions, such as Sum, Product, and Integral. This enforced common behavior accross the objects, and provides more robust support for a number of operations. For example, Sums and Integrals can now be factored or expanded. S.subs() can be used to substitute for expressions inside a Sum/Integral/Product that are independent of the index variables, including unknown functions, for instance, Integral(f(x), (x, 1, 3)).subs(f(x), x**2), while Sum.change_index() or Integral.transform are now used for other changes of summation or integration variables. Support for finite and infinite sequence products has also been restored.

In addition there were a number of fixes to the evaluation of nested sums and sums involving Kronecker delta functions, see issue 3924 and issue 3987.


  • The Order object used to represent the growth of a function in series expansions as a variable tend to zero can now also represent growth as a variable tend to infinity. This also fixed a number of issues with limits. See issue 234 and issue 2670.

  • Division by Order is disallowed, see issue 1756.

  • Addition of Order object is now commutative, see issue 1180.


  • Initial work on gamma matrices, depending on the tensor module.


  • New objects true and false which are Basic versions of the Python builtins True and False.


  • Arbitrary comparisons between expressions (like x < y) no longer have a boolean truth value. This means code like if x < y or sorted(exprs) will raise TypeError if x < y is symbolic. A typical fix of the former is if (x < y) is True (assuming the if block should be skipped if x < y is symbolic), and of the latter is sorted(exprs, key=default_sort_key), which will order the expressions in an arbitrary, but consistent way, even across platforms and Python versions. See issue 2832.

  • Arbitrary comparisons between complex numbers (for example, I > 1) now raise TypeError as well (see PR #2510).

  • minpoly now works with algebraic functions, like minpoly(sqrt(x) + sqrt(x + 1), y).

  • exp can now act on any matrix, even those which are not diagonalizable. It is also more comfortable to call it, exp(m) instead of just m.exp(), as was required previously.

  • sympify now has an option evaluate=False that will not automatically simplify expressions like x+x.

  • Deep processing of cancel and simplify functions. simplify is now recursive through the expression tree. See e.g. issue 3923.

  • Improved the modularity of the codebase for potential subclasses, see issue 3652.

  • The SymPy cheatsheet was cleaned up.

Backwards compatibility breaks and deprecations

  • Removed deprecated Real class and is_Real property of Basic, see issue 1721.
  • Removed deprecated 'each_char' option for symbols(), see issue 1919.
  • The viewer="StringIO" option to preview() has been deprecated. Use viewer="BytesIO" instead. See issue 3984.
  • TransformationSet has been renamed to ImageSet. Added public facing imageset function.


The following people contributed at least one patch to this release (names are given in alphabetical order by last name). A total of 56 people contributed to this release. People with a * by their names contributed a patch for the first time for this release; 21 people contributed for the first time for this release.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to this release!

  • Ankit Agrawal
  • Tuomas Airaksinen*
  • Alkiviadis G. Akritas*
  • Tom Bachmann
  • Dmitry Batkovich*
  • Francesco Bonazzi*
  • Raoul Bourquin
  • Mike Boyle*
  • Alan Bromborsky
  • Lars Buitinck*
  • Ondřej Čertík
  • Mary Clark
  • Christopher Dembia
  • Yuriy Demidov*
  • Joachim Durchholz
  • James Fiedler*
  • Gilbert Gede
  • Manish Gill*
  • Brian E. Granger
  • Chetna Gupta
  • Harsh Gupta*
  • Randy Heydon
  • Alexander Hirzel
  • hm
  • Katja Sophie Hotz
  • Jeremy*
  • Sachin Joglekar
  • David Joyner*
  • Heiner Kirchhoffer*
  • Sergey B Kirpichev
  • Stefan Krastanov
  • Manoj Kumar
  • Ronan Lamy
  • Oliver Lee
  • David Li
  • Stephen Loo
  • Aaron Meurer
  • Jason Moore
  • Rick Muller*
  • Markus Müller*
  • Mateusz Paprocki
  • Mario Pernici
  • Pablo Puente*
  • QuaBoo*
  • rathmann*
  • Thilina Rathnayake
  • Vinit Ravishankar*
  • Timothy Reluga
  • Julien Rioux
  • Matthew Rocklin
  • Amit Saha*
  • Chris Smith
  • Cristóvão Sousa
  • Ramana Venkata
  • Sean Vig
  • Stefan van der Walt*
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