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About SciKits

SciKits (short for SciPy Toolkits), are add-on packages for SciPy, hosted and developed separately from the main SciPy distribution. All SciKits are available under the 'scikits' namespace and are licensed under OSI-approved licenses.

Packages are packaged as toolkits (instead of in the main, monolithic SciPy distribution) when:

  1. The package is deemed too specialized to live in SciPy itself or
  2. The package has a GPL (or similar) license which is incompatible with SciPy's BSD license or
  3. The package is meant to be included in SciPy, but development is still in progress.