R-alpha: Software Index

Bill Venables (wvenable@attunga.stats.adelaide.edu.au)
Tue, 2 Jul 1996 10:01:44 +0930

Date: Tue, 2 Jul 1996 10:01:44 +0930
Message-Id: <9607020031.AA10011@attunga.stats.adelaide.edu.au>
From: Bill Venables <wvenable@attunga.stats.adelaide.edu.au>
To: R-testers@stat.math.ethz.ch
Subject: R-alpha: Software Index

Since there has been some talk about this subject lately I thought
I would pass on the following item from NA Digest, V. 96, # 25
which just arrived this morning.  I haven't checked it out myself
yet, so it could be a dud.


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From: Ron Boisvert <boisvert@cam.nist.gov> 
Date: Sat, 29 Jun 96 09:27:28 EDT
Subject: HotGAMS: A Java Enabled Browser for NIST's Math Software Guide

		       A N N O U N C I N G

	       A Java(tm) powered frontend to the
	  NIST Guide to Available Mathematical Software


HotGAMS, a Java powered client of the NIST Guide to Available
Mathematical Software (GAMS) server, is now available for public
use on the Internet on an experimental basis.

The Guide to Available Mathematical Software is an on-line
cross-index of mathematical and statistical software in use at the
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).  Nearly
10,000 problem-solving modules from some 100 software packages are
indexed, including a large subset of the netlib collection.  The
primary indexing mechanism is a tree-structured taxonomy of
mathematical and statistical problems.  The system is also a
virtual repository, providing redistribution of abstracts,
documentation, and source of much of the software that it catalogs.

HotGAMS allows interactive exploration of the problem taxonomy,
various search operations, and enhanced filtering or `refinement'
of search results compared to its predecessors.  A current research
interest is in how to reduce a large number of apparently
appropriate software modules to a few truly relevant ones.  HotGAMS
begins to address this need and will serve as a testbed for future

For more information, contact Bruce R. Miller (bruce.miller@nist.gov).

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