What tutorials would you like to see?

October 2nd, 2008 | Categories: math software, walking randomly | Tags:

I’m in a good mood today – lots of things have gone right for me over the last few hours and the sun is shining (a rare event in Manchester – especially in October). Since I’m in such a good mood I thought that I would take a request or two.

As the title says – what tutorials would you like to see made available here? Technologies I could cover include Mathematica, MATLAB, NAG, Python, SAGE and several others. Subjects could include particular areas of Mathematics, programming or just something along the lines of ‘How do I make application XYZ do ABC’? If I don’t have enough smarts to do it myself then I will try to press gang someone into doing it for us.

I can’t make any promises of course but if you don’t ask you don’t get. So…while the sun is shining…ask away :)

  1. Hany M. El-Hosseiny
    October 2nd, 2008 at 13:12
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    I’m a new user of SAGE. I have downloaded SAGE together with vmplayer on my MS Windows computer.
    A SAGE tutorial would be very welcome. What I don’t find in the documentation are things like:
    How to create a new notebook?
    How to change the location for saving a certain file?
    How to save graphics in eps format (to use it later in a TeX file)?

  2. MJC
    October 2nd, 2008 at 17:32
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    It is probably raining by now…

  3. Jessica Alfonsi
    October 3rd, 2008 at 10:19
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    Hello, here in Northern Italy it’s foggy in the early morning, but now the sun is shining…I enjoyed very much your post on Mathematica and Python. Also, I’m a very enthusiast Ubuntu user, so I really appreciate your blog. I’d like to see some tutorials about Mathematica interaction with Python, how to use Python in a functional programming style (for instance, for working with second quantization algebra operators, which is often needed in quantum mechanics) .
    Thank you

  4. Mike Croucher
    October 6th, 2008 at 09:50
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    Hi Hany and Jessica

    Thanks for the feedback. I’ll see what I can do for you both at some point in the future.
    Not too sure about how much I can write on second quantization though – I used it a bit throughout my PhD but never to a very advanced level.

    Jessica – Very jealous of the fact that you live in Italy. I went to Sorrento earlier this year for my honeymoon and fell in love with your country. Looking forward to returning one day :)

  5. Jessica Alfonsi
    October 7th, 2008 at 08:43
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    Hello Mike,
    I’m happy that you love Italy and congratulations for your marriage. To be exact I live in Veneto (North-Eastern Italy), near Padua (where Galileo taught mathematics) and, of course, you’ve heard of Venice, the most beatiful and romantic city in the world…
    As for second quantization, however there’s a nice and complete library written in Mathematica, called sneg. I’m using it for my PhD calculation for Hubbard models on small clusters.

    Here is the web page where you can download the code:

    It would be nice to see packages and tutorials like that included in Mathematica…
    However, I’d like to see if one can achieve the same with other programming languages, such as Python or C++ or Fortran 95/2003 which implements object-oriented features or functional programming, especially in a more efficient and different way…by the way, I’m looking for codes, web pages and articles which try to face this question since last year…I know it’s not an easy task. However any effort and contribution are welcome !!!
    Thank you
    Ciao, ciao