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Re: Re: Comparison between Mathematica and other symbolic

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  • Subject: [mg92567] Re: [mg92564] Re: Comparison between Mathematica and other symbolic
  • From: Murray Eisenberg <murray at math.umass.edu>
  • Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2008 04:12:47 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: Mathematics & Statistics, Univ. of Mass./Amherst
  • References: <gc7fsf$eo7$1@smc.vnet.net> <200810051006.GAA11523@smc.vnet.net>
  • Reply-to: murray at math.umass.edu

And "remember how to use it between infrequent uses" is a good criterion 
to note when comparing the long-to-type Mathematica names of functions, 
on the one hand, and the terse but often cryptic names of functions in 
some other systems.

AES wrote:
> In article <gc7fsf$eo7$1 at smc.vnet.net>,
>  Bill Rowe <readnews at sbcglobal.net> wrote:
> 
>> 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
>> 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.
> 
> No mention at all of "how easy it is to learn to use the system" (and 
> remember how to use it between infrequent uses) ?!?!?!?
> 

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