Numeric Programming with Spire

Numeric programming is a notoriously difficult topic. For number crunching, e.g. solving systems of linear equations, we need raw performance. However, using floating-point numbers may lead to inaccurate results. On top of that, in functional programming, we’d really like to abstract over concrete number types, which is where abstract algebra comes into play. This interplay between abstract and concrete and the fact that everything needs to run on finite hardware is what makes good library support necessary for writing fast & correct programs. Spire is such a library in the Typelevel Scala ecosystem. This talk will be an introduction to Spire, showcasing the ‘number tower’, real-ish numbers and how to obey the law.

Date
2019-05-16
Time
16:20 - 17:10
Conference / Event
J on the Beach
Venue
Palacio de Congresos, Marbella

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