Application of scratchpad to problems in special functions and combinatorics

George E. Andrews

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In this brief survey, we have illustrated some of the uses of computer algebra. It might be objected that our work could well be carried out in almost any computer language; so why bother with SCRATCHPAD? The answer, of course, lies in the naturalness and simplicity of computer algebra approaches to these problems. Expressions like (2.2), (3.1) and (4.1) can be coded in SCRATCHPAD in one line exactly as they are written. They can then be studied with minimal thought about the computer and maximal concentration on what is happening. Often mathematical research consists of sifting low grade ore, and when such sifting requires ingenious programming skills it is likely not to be carried out.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTrends in Computer Algebra - International Symposium, Proceedings
EditorsRainer Janßen
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9783540189282
StatePublished - 1988
EventInternational symposium on Trends in Computer Algebra, 1987 - Bad Neuenahr, Germany
Duration: May 19 1987May 21 1987

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume296 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


OtherInternational symposium on Trends in Computer Algebra, 1987
CityBad Neuenahr

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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