[mercury-users] Use of Mercury in Bioinformatics

Peter Ross pro at missioncriticalit.com
Sat Mar 10 09:18:29 AEDT 2012

On 9 March 2012 23:22, Charles Shuller <charles.shuller at gmail.com> wrote:
> All,
> Does anyone have any insight into using Mercury for problems related to
> bioinformatics or fuzzy logic?
> Sorry I can't be more specific, I'm trying to enter grad school this
> year for bioinformatics, and am considering using mercury for most/all
> of my work that isn't done in R.
I assume that this will involve quite a lot of numeric computing.

In my personal experience, Mercury is not the strongest language for
numeric computing, as we don't have a large body of numeric library
modules for you to use, so you will have to write all of that
yourself.  If you do, please contribute it back to the community, it
would certainly be added to the standard library.

However once you have all the library routines you need, debugging
Mercury is very easy.  The fact that you can retry a computation in
the debugger is a life saver while you are trying to find bugs.

However if you need to do any sort of symbolic manipulation, then I do
find Mercury a superior language.

Hopefully that gives you a feel for the strength and weaknesses of the language.

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