NumPy is the fundamental array package underpinning the Scientific Python ecosystem. BIDS hosts a team of four core developers that work with the NumPy community to develop the library in preparation for the next decade of data science.

NumPy contains, among other things, the following:

  • A powerful N-dimensional array object
  • Sophisticated (broadcasting) functions
  • Tools for integrating C/C++ and Fortran code
  • Useful linear algebra, Fourier transform, and random number capabilities

Besides its obvious scientific uses, NumPy can also be used as an efficient multi-dimensional container of generic data. Arbitrary data types can be defined. This allows NumPy to seamlessly and speedily integrate with a wide variety of databases.

NumPy development is supported at BIDS through grants from the Moore and the Sloan Foundations, and the Chan Zuckerberg Foundation.

NumPy: array programming at the core of the scientific Python ecosystem
September 16, 2020  |   Marsha Fenner  |  BIDS News

BIDS receives Sloan Foundation Grant to contribute to NumPy development 
December 21, 2017  |   Marsha Fenner  |   BIDS News


BIDS Affiliates


Stéfan van der Walt

Senior Research Data Scientist

Sebastian Berg

BIDS Alum – Scientific Software Developer (NumPy)

Ross Barnowski

Scientific Software Developer (NumPy)