Comparative CAS Reviews and Philosophy


Michael Wester (
1801 Quincy, SE
Albuquerque, New Mexico
USA 87108-4427
Tel: 1-(505) 243-2800


Right now, a large number of computer algebra systems, both general purpose and special purpose, are available. Some of these systems are commercial while many others are partially or fully in the public domain. As more and more systems become available, it becomes important to have some idea about the strengths and weaknesses provided by each system, both mathematically and inherent in the system's philosophy of use. The point of view of the user will vary depending on the application, and so a statistician may have different considerations than say a physicist which may in turn be different from that of a mathematician or an educator. Each type of user has certain goals and wants to know how a particular system will aid in his or her quest to achieve them.



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