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*Subject*: Re: a plea for more reliable mathematical routines*From*: ushomirs(at)my-deja.com*Date*: Fri, 10 Sep 1999 00:28:53 GMT*Newsgroups*: comp.lang.idl-pvwave*Organization*: Deja.com - Share what you know. Learn what you don't.*References*: <7r90g4$rqb$1@nnrp1.deja.com> <37D82EA9.BA62A369@wellesley.edu>*Xref*: news.doit.wisc.edu comp.lang.idl-pvwave:16484

yeah, if i weren't ``hooked'' on IDL because of having been using it for many years doing data manipulation and stuff, i'd ditch it in favor of matlab or python. sigh, habits die hard.. In article <37D82EA9.BA62A369@wellesley.edu>, rfrench@mediaone.net wrote: > I have the same uneasiness about the implementation of mathematics > routines in IDL, having > found some simple errors in things like CURVEFIT over the past few > years. If RSI wants > to make inroads into the serious scientific computing arena, they will > have to hire some > mathematicians who will take the time and care to make sure that the > mathematical functions > really are properly handled. Otherwise, folks will head off to MATLAB or > Fortran (gasp!) or > other languages where you can count on getting a Bessel function when > you call a Bessel > function, or get a random number when you want one. I for one would > prefer that RSI > consolidate their current program structure and shore up the > computational and mathematical > functions to be competitive with other programs. > > Dick French > Sent via Deja.com http://www.deja.com/ Share what you know. Learn what you don't.

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