A Month of Math Software – July 2011

July 31st, 2011 | Categories: math software, Month of Math Software | Tags:

Welcome to July’s Month of Math Software, my regular summary of news and releases in the world of software for the mathematically inclined.  If you have a news item that you’d like to share in next month’s offering then feel free to contact me to discuss it.  If you like what you see here then take a look at some of the previous editions.

Commercial Software Releases

Freeware and Open Source Software Releases

  • If you are working with statistics then R is probably the software package that you need to be using, no matter what operating system you prefer.  Version 2.13.1 was released on July 8th and details of what’s new can be found at http://cran.r-project.org/bin/windows/base/NEWS.R-2.13.1.html
  • Scilab, a high quality free alternative to MATLAB, has seen a minor upgrade.  Version 5.3.3 corrects a couple of bugs.
  • Numpy is a Python add-on that is almost essential if you plan to use Python for numerical computing.  It adds support for vectors and matrices to Python along with facilities such as random number generation and FFTs.  Numpy was upgraded to version 1.6.1, a bugfix release,  on July 20th.
  • PLASMA (The Parallel Linear Algebra for Scalable Multi-core Architectures) has seen a bug-fix release with version 2.4.1

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