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From Sébastien Brisard <>
Subject Re: [Math] Serializable (again)
Date Wed, 09 May 2012 11:24:34 GMT
Hi James,

2012/5/9 James Carman <>:
> On Wed, May 9, 2012 at 7:10 AM, Sébastien Brisard
> <> wrote:
>> Setting aside the discussion on serialization, this would probably be
>> a nice extension. The problem is to find a good (as in "widely used")
>> standard. Do you think the file formats used by R are good candidates
>> (meaning: used outside the R community)? Are these file format indeed
>> standardized, with precise specifications?
>> I've heard about HDF as well, but I have not investigated.
> I only chose the R stuff because in my opinion, the file formats are
> very easy.  From my recollection, R supports simple text-based input
> (tab-delimited) very well.  I believe it also has "object" files that
> it can spit out, but I don't know if we want to go that far.
That's what I was thinking of: binary file formats.

> I'm no
> expert on the math software industry (so much for that math degree).
> I would leave that up to folks from the CM project to decide.
> However, I would think that if you support a textual, delimited file
> format, most math libraries would be able to consume it (and produce
> files that CM could consume as well).
We should be careful not rewriting Commons-CSV...
Best regards,

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