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Re: In Version 8, Combinatorial&GraphTheory functions

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  • From: Yves Klett <yves.klett at>
  • Date: Sat, 6 Aug 2011 02:12:22 -0400 (EDT)
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I'd second the thoughts and wishes on further homogenization of the
available graph-related functionality. Switching between Combinatorica
and integrated functions can get messy very quickly.


Am 04.08.2011 08:54, schrieb Murray Eisenberg:
> Are you talking about Combinatorica (rather than Symbolica)?
> The Combinatorica add-on package that is shipped with Mathematica is 
> very well documented by Pemmaraju & Skiena in their book "Computational 
> Discrete Mathematica: Combinatorics and Graph Theory with Mathematica". 
> In fact, Combinatorica was originally a separate add-on by Steven Skiena 
> and was subsequently incorporated as a "standard" add-on to Mathematica 
> by Wolfram Research.
> However, the functionality documented there is definitely NOT the 
> current suite of kernel functions such as GraphPlot (present since 
> Mathematica 6) and Graph (new in 8).
> These newer functions, unfortunately, do NOT provide the same 
> functionality as the older Combinatorica package.
> I really do believe that what WRI has done in bring the 
> graph-theoretical stuff from an add-on into the kernel is still quite 
> half-baked and utterly incomplete as contrasted with much that was and 
> is available in Combinatorica.
> I've been complaining about this since GraphPlot appeared in Mathematica 
> 6. Maybe some day WRI will complete the migration. But right now the 
> state of handling graphs is quite unsatisfactory.
> On 8/3/11 7:21 PM, Ralph Dratman wrote:
>> Since the documentation for Symbolica is said to be best encountered
>> in the form of a relatively expensive, out-of-print book, I'd like to
>> know if that book will be compatible with the new built-in (but
>> limited) functionality.
>> If the book will not be compatible, will there be more Symbolica
>> functions, and more matching documentation (!), added to Mathematica
>> over time?
>> Thank you.
>> Ralph Dratman

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