[plt-scheme] PLanet should indicate which PLT version is required

From: Richard Cleis (rcleis at mac.com)
Date: Sat Mar 1 23:03:58 EST 2008

On Mar 1, 2008, at 8:32 PM, Doug Williams wrote:

> My goal for this year is to extend the science collection and the  
> new plot package I am working on (and to a lesser extent the  
> simulation and inference collections) into something I am calling  
> schemelab.  Basically, it would provide (as I said in the previous  
> post) something similar to Python's numpy, scipy, and matplotlib  
> for analysis, along with a simulation capability - I also do a fair  
> amount of agent-based simulation in PLT Scheme.

Can you describe an example of your agent-based simulation?


> Any ideas, etc would be welcome.  One thing I don't currently have  
> in the science collection - and which is critical to the basic  
> structure - is a good matrix representation/manipulation module.   
> I've implemented some for specific analyses I am doing, but they  
> are very inefficient and not nearly as convenient as what numpy  
> provides for Python.  If anyone can point me to some good  
> implementations, or provide some ideas, it would be appreciated.
> Doug
> On Sat, Mar 1, 2008 at 8:16 PM, Richard Cleis <rcleis at mac.com> wrote:
> On Mar 1, 2008, at 7:53 PM, Doug Williams wrote:
>> The Python user's in this case went to it because it was an open- 
>> source, free (as in beer) alternative to Matlab.  With scipy,  
>> numpy, matplotlib, etc they put together a reasonable analysis  
>> package in Python.  But, they don't tend to be fanatics about the  
>> language/tools as our Matlab users are.
> My situation is: almost everyone uses Matlab, and they think that  
> anything else is a tool of fanatics :)
>>   [And, tje Matlab users may have a point.  Matlab is a very good  
>> tool for doing engineering analysis.  Although it is a bit  
>> expensive, per seat, for small organizations and projects to  
>> justify sometimes.]   I am trying to get them a similar level of  
>> capability in PLT Scheme, e.g. with the science collection and a  
>> new plot collection, as they have with Python.
> I haven't had time to implement your collections, but I am sure  
> that they could be useful for some of the operational tools that  
> DrScheme hosts here; analysis tools can be useful for synthesis, too.
> rac
>> Doug
>> On Sat, Mar 1, 2008 at 7:45 PM, Richard Cleis <rcleis at mac.com> wrote:
>> On Mar 1, 2008, at 8:12 AM, Doug Williams wrote:
>> > ...[I'll probably never win over the hardcore Matlab users, but the
>> > Python users are a different story.]
>> How/Why are the Pysters different?
>> rac
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