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From the Frontiers of Research to the Heart of the Enterprise
O'Reilly Open Source Convention
Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina
July 22-26, 2002 -- San Diego, CA



Higher Math in Perl
Kurt Starsinic

Track: Perl
Date: Friday, July 26
Time: 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Location: Grande Ballroom C

For the programmer intending to use advanced math in Perl, such as linear algebra, digital signal processing, vector analysis, finite element analysis, or curve fitting, for the first time, there is a confusing assortment of modules to choose from: PDL, Math::Pari, Math::Big*, Math::GMP, and many others.

In this session, we will compare many of the higher-quality math modules available on CPAN in detail. You will learn the types of problems that each of these modules can tackle, and you'll learn important strengths and weaknesses of each -- including issues of portability, precision, ease of use, and performance. Finally, you'll come away with recommendations appropriate to the types of math problems that you're concerned with.

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