Scientific Programming in Haskell with hmatrix

I’ve been puttering around with some ideas about how linear algebra could work in Haskell.

So I decided to check out what has been done. hmatrix binds to the gnu scientific libraries and lapack.

There is also htensor and repa which I need to check out.

This is the hello word of scientific programs. I could write this is numpy, scipy, matplotlib FAST. But I’m super used to those. Maybe not a fair comparison.

I build a circulant function for the 1d periodic Laplace equation matrix. I did not find good constructors that would elegantly construct the thing so I make a circulant routine using the fft. That’s ok I guess.

I got the eigenvalues and eigenvectors with eigSH.

Then I plot it out to an external svg file using Cairo. I do not like the mental overhead of a monad.But I guess you can just copy and paste and ignore all that.

The Plt.line function takes a label and a list of (x,y) tuples


Ok. Actually on reflection it’s not bad. Scratching my head around the circulant matrix constructor took some time. And so did installing stuff. I did also keep slamming into type mismatches. and it didn’t like eigSH’ which I don’t get.

Maybe Haskell for Mac would work well here? I did buy a copy.

Maybe Julia would be better? I think Julia has lots of functional and pythony things.

I should refactor the fftRow stuff into a higher order combinator that maps into rows and columns





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