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dc.contributor.advisorAlan Edelman.en_US
dc.contributor.authorBezanson, Jeffrey Werneren_US
dc.contributor.otherMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2015-11-09T19:50:22Z
dc.date.available2015-11-09T19:50:22Z
dc.date.copyright2015en_US
dc.date.issued2015en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/99811
dc.descriptionThesis: Ph. D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, 2015.en_US
dc.descriptionCataloged from PDF version of thesis.en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references (pages 133-143).en_US
dc.description.abstractArray-based programming environments are popular for scientific and technical computing. These systems consist of built-in function libraries paired with high-level languages for interaction. Although the libraries perform well, it is widely believed that scripting in these languages is necessarily slow, and that only heroic feats of engineering can at best partially ameliorate this problem. This thesis argues that what is really needed is a more coherent structure for this functionality. To find one, we must ask what technical computing is really about. This thesis suggests that this kind of programming is characterized by an emphasis on operator complexity and code specialization, and that a language can be designed to better fit these requirements. The key idea is to integrate code selection with code specialization, using generic functions and data-flow type inference. Systems like these can suffer from inefficient compilation, or from uncertainty about what to specialize on. We show that sufficiently powerful type-based dispatch addresses these problems. The resulting language, Julia, achieves a Quine-style "explication by elimination" of many of the productive features technical computing users expect.en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityby Jeffrey Werner Bezanson.en_US
dc.format.extent143 pagesen_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherMassachusetts Institute of Technologyen_US
dc.rightsM.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission.en_US
dc.rights.urihttp://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582en_US
dc.subjectElectrical Engineering and Computer Science.en_US
dc.titleAbstraction in technical computingen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.degreePh. D.en_US
dc.contributor.departmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.en_US
dc.identifier.oclc927297147en_US


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