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From "Phil Steitz" <phil.ste...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: [all][nabla] proposition for a new project in sandbox
Date Mon, 14 Apr 2008 21:01:50 GMT
On 4/14/08, Luc Maisonobe <Luc.Maisonobe@free.fr> wrote:
> James Carman a écrit :
> > On Mon, Apr 14, 2008 at 5:27 AM, Jukka Zitting <jukka.zitting@gmail.com>
> wrote:
> >
> > >  I share the concern. It doesn't seem obvious that the derivatives of
> > >  the byte code operations would produce a computationally accurate
> > >  derivative of the source function. Other than that the idea is
> > >  interesting, and it would be cool to see how well it works in
> > >  practice.
> > >
> > >  Also, the name "nabla" would suggest that the component is designed
> > >  for calculating derivatives of vector functions.
> > >
> > >
> >
> > The name "nabla" is also very close to "nambla" and I doubt the ASF
> > wants to be associated with that organization.
> >
>
> I was clearly not aware of that! I didn't know the name of this organization
> and add to do a web search to find what it was about.
>
> This is clearly unfortunate and not desired.
>
> The name was chosen because the nabla operator is so tightly linked to
> differentiation (well, vector differentiation mostly as Jukka pointed out).
> It fitted well the purpose of the library : be a differentiation operator.
>
> I'm puzzled about that. This name had exactly the good properties I expect :
> short, simple to remember, fitted to its purpose, with a touch of
> originality and a direct way to a simple logo. I would be really
> disappointed if we would turn to some boring name like
> commons-differentiator. Any other comment about this ?
>

I think the name is fine and fits with our tradition of using
descriptive names.

Phil

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