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17 postsMicrosoft Research Sho goes pubblic

http://research.microsoft.com/enus/projects/sho/
Really cool, anyone else using it? Any chances to have a C9 video on the topic? Thanks

Well this is pretty brilliant! Thanks for sharing.
I had never come across this before, but it looks like I will be giving it a try. [Having a quick look at the book now.]

I'm really interested in this too. I'll have to spend some time checking it out. Thanks for the link.

@giovanni:thanks for sharing. I am Taking datamining and using R right now. But this thing should be a good alternative.

I've used it for years! Probably since it was something like 0.9 alpha. I'm glad to see it released to the public. It is very useful and I like the syntax better than R (which I've been avoiding). R has far more packages, but Sho is super easy to work with for random tasks and easily integrates with .NET.
I wanted something like Matlab that didn't cost a fortune and found that MSR had this as an incubation project which met my basic needs

So it's like SciPy?

Is it open source? And does it have those fitdistribution, all sorts of distribution functions, and so on. And if it is not inluded, how do I download and use community helpers? Like is there some kind of free official codestore where I can download those packages?
Just trying to see how is this compare to R? Like, what's good about it if I want to share this information to my professor aside from syntax? Because while the syntax is bad, my professor said so, but, people do researching using R due to its community supports.
What's potential community would be like? Mainly code/idea distribution that would attract people contributing to the community.

15 hours ago, Bass wrote
So it's like SciPy?
It seems like.

Why are they using IronPython that MS doesn't support anymore and not F#?

17 hours ago, kriskdf wrote
I wanted something like Matlab that didn't cost a fortune
Why didn't you try Octave? Octave is to Matlab what Mono is to .NET.

@CreamFilling512: I would guess because Python has been used in mathematics for years. I would like some of the graphing capabilities to be addes to F# though because I believe you still need to rely on external libraries at the moment.

@RoyalSchrubber: The last time I played around with Octave it was five or six years ago, but quite frankly it wasn't up to par with Matlab. IMO, for numerical calculations and larges matrices I believe Matlab is still the best software around.

I will be interviewing (conversing with) the lead scientist behind Sho next week for Channel 9... Stay tuned. Clearly, you have some questions
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6 hours ago, Charles wrote
I will be interviewing (conversing with) the lead scientist behind Sho next week for Channel 9... Stay tuned. Clearly, you have some questions
CGreat to hear that, Charles! Will be waiting anxiously...

@Charles: Super, thank you Charles
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