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Paper: Interactive Data Analysis Environments BoF Session
Volume: 125, Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems VI
Page: 69
Authors: Harrington, Joseph; Barrett, Paul E.
Abstract: We conducted a discussion of interactive environments in which scientists handle data. Traditional astronomical packages (AIPS, IDL, IRAF, MIDAS, etc.) lack many modern language and interactive features, whereas modern interactive/scripting/rapid prototyping environments (Perl, Tcl, etc.) lack convenient and efficient numerical capability and a way to access existing astronomical code. Our focus was thus on how best to merge the capabilities of modern environments with astronomical data processing. To follow developments in this evolving field, we have set up a Web page that compares the available environments.
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