Re: Algorithm Analysis Course: Should I use Mathematica for projects?

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg127267] Re: Algorithm Analysis Course: Should I use Mathematica for projects?*From*: "djmpark" <djmpark at comcast.net>*Date*: Thu, 12 Jul 2012 04:58:05 -0400 (EDT)*Delivered-to*: l-mathgroup@mail-archive0.wolfram.com*Delivered-to*: mathgroup-newout@smc.vnet.net*Delivered-to*: mathgroup-newsend@smc.vnet.net*References*: <15963298.38946.1342045629048.JavaMail.root@m06>

I'm not an expert at computer science so others may have something better to say there. But I think your "Pros" argument is correct. Mathematica is broad enough and deep enough that it is worthwhile getting good at it and it takes time. Are you aware of the book "Computer Science with Mathematica" by Roman E. Maeder. It was published in 2000 for Version 4, but is still probably plenty useful. David Park djmpark at comcast.net http://home.comcast.net/~djmpark/index.html From: Brentt [mailto:brenttnewman at gmail.com] Hi, I'm an undergrad math major, and taking a cross disciplinary Algorithm Analysis course in the fall. I talked to the professor and he said we can use whichever language we like and Mathematica would be fine if it had a way to evaluate run-time. Two questions: I think the required capabilities are those found in the documentation under "Time Measurement & Optimization". Would this be correct? And would those functions be adequate for an algorithm analysis course? I know this list would be a little biased but: should I use Mathematica? Cons: I absolutely adore Mathematica and never find myself wanting to program in anything else (I've toyed with Python and other languages, but Mathematica inspires me to play with programming like other languages have not), and thought committing to Python for the class might expand my programming skills. Also I'm guessing the course will focus on procedural algorithms which might not be a good fit for Mathematica's functional paradigm. I know Mathematica can be shoehorned in to any paradigm, but maybe it'd be better to use a more procedural language. Pros: I will learn Mathematica with more depth, and there are good reasons to get really good at one thing as opposed to OK at many things. Plus what I learn in Mathematica may just as well translate to other languages anyway so it may not be a big deal which I choose. Input anyone?