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Bug#643874: RFP: python-fisher -- simple and fast implementation of Fisher's exact test



Package: wnpp
Severity: wishlist
Usertags: unige.ch-jmlab

Hi there!

* Package name    : python-fisher
  Version         : 0.1.4
  Upstream Author : Haibao Tang <tanghaibao@gmail.com>,
                    Brent Pedersen <bpederse@gmpail.com>
* URL or Web page : <http://pypi.python.org/pypi/fisher/>
                    <https://github.com/brentp/fishers_exact_test>
* License         : BSD
  Description     : simple and fast implementation of Fisher's exact test
  Fisher's exact test is a statistical significance test used in the
  analysis of contingency tables where sample sizes are small.
  .
  This package implements the Fisher's exact test as a Python Extension
  Module.

I cc:ed the debian-python@l.d.o mailing list, maybe someone there is
interested in packaging it.

The src/cfisher.pyx file contains the following statement:

  "some of this code is originally from the internet. (thanks)"

I also cc:ed the upstream authors for their comments on that sentence,
FTR the file contains references to three URLs, so I guess this is the
code taken from the Internet.  What is its license?

l009: Logarithm of n! with algorithmic approximation
      Reference:
        Lanczos, C. 'A precision approximation of the gamma function',
        J. SIAM Numer. Anal., B, 1, 86-96, 1964."
        http://www.matforsk.no/ola/fisher.htm 

l097: http://docs.cython.org/docs/special_methods.html
      < 0 | <= 1 | == 2 | != 3 |  > 4 | >= 5

l157: found these tests on this ticket. (thanks).
      http://projects.scipy.org/scipy/ticket/956
      these values were taken from R as a means to test the code in that ticket.

Thx, bye,
Gismo / Luca

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