Re: Comparison between Mathematica and other symbolic systems
- To: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net
- Subject: [mg92550] Re: Comparison between Mathematica and other symbolic systems
- From: Bill Rowe <readnews at sbcglobal.net>
- Date: Sat, 4 Oct 2008 06:17:47 -0400 (EDT)
On 10/3/08 at 6:41 AM, awnl at gmx-topmail.de (Albert Retey) wrote: >When choosing a system, I think one needs to answer these questions: >1) can the system solve the problem at hand >2) how much effort is it to feed the problem to the system >3) how efficient is the system in calculating the solution >when the answer to question one is true for mathematica (which I >think is true for all but some very special cases), I think it will >outperform other systems considering question 2 in almost every case >(assuming some familiarisation with its concepts). Considering >question 3 the mileage may vary, but usually the skills of the >person implementing the solution are much more important than the >pure performance of the system... Which really says 2) is the most important consideration. But I would expand 2) to be the amount of time to input the problem *and* verify the input has been done correctly. In my experience, the time to verify/debug input is by far where most of the effort is spent.