[Rd] Computer algebra in R - would that be an idea??

Gabor Grothendieck ggrothendieck at gmail.com
Wed Jul 13 03:36:12 CEST 2005

I don't know which free system is best.  I have mainly used Yacas
but my needs to date have been pretty minimal so I suspect
any of them would have worked.

Eric's COM solution, once I have it figured out, will likely get me
to the next step on Windows.  I did some googling around and
found this:


which is a python interface to Yacas which may give some ideas
on how to interface it to R.

On 7/12/05, Søren Højsgaard <Soren.Hojsgaard at agrsci.dk> wrote:
> Personally, I like Maxima better than Yacas, but in both cases the solution (at least a minimal one) should be doable: A small program which pipes R commands into a terminal running Maxima/Yacas and taking the output back into R. I am not much into the technical details, but isn't that what can be done with the COM automatation server on Windows?? (I don't know what the equivalent would be on unix?).
> Best regards
> Søren
> ________________________________
> Fra: Simon Blomberg [mailto:Simon.Blomberg at anu.edu.au]
> Sendt: on 13-07-2005 01:52
> Til: Duncan Murdoch; Gabor Grothendieck
> Cc: Søren Højsgaard; r-devel at stat.math.ethz.ch
> Emne: Re: [Rd] Computer algebra in R - would that be an idea??
> I would use such a symbolic math package for R. I have dreamt of an
> open-source solution with functionality similar to mathStatica.
> http://www.mathstatica.com/ Is yacas the best system to consider? What
> about  Maxima http://maxima.sourceforge.net/, which is also GPL, or maybe
> Axiom http://savannah.nongnu.org/projects/axiom, which has a modified BSD
> license?
> Cheers,
> Simon.
> At 01:25 AM 13/07/2005, Duncan Murdoch wrote:
> >On 7/12/2005 10:57 AM, Gabor Grothendieck wrote:
> > > On 7/12/05, Søren Højsgaard <Soren.Hojsgaard at agrsci.dk> wrote:
> > >> >From time to time people request symbolic computations beyond what
> > D() and deriv() etc can provide. A brief look at the internet shows that
> > there are many more or less developed computer algebra packages freely
> > available. Therefore, I wondered if it would be an idea to try to
> > 'integrate' one of these packages in R, which I guess can be done in more
> > or less elegant ways... I do not know any of the computer algebra people
> > around the World, but perhaps some other people from the R-community do
> > and would be able to/interested in establishing such a connection...
> > >
> > >
> > > Coincidentally I asked the yacas developer about this just yesterday:
> > >
> > http://sourceforge.net/mailarchive/forum.php?thread_id=7711431&forum_id=2216
> >
> >It sounds like developing an R package to act as a wrapper would be the
> >best approach.  I didn't see documentation for their API (the exports of
> >their DLL), but I didn't spend long looking.
> >
> >Duncan Murdoch
> >
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