Scot Gould

Prof. Scot Gould

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8 years, 49 days
Claremont, California, United States
Dr. Scot Gould is a professor of physics in the W.M. Keck Science Department of Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, Scripps colleges - members of The Claremont Colleges in California. He was involved in the early development of the atomic force microscope. His research has included numerous studies and experiments making us of scanning probe microscopes, particularly those which involved natural fibers such as spider silk. More recently, he was involved in developing and sustaining AISS, a full-year multi-unit non-traditional interdisciplinary undergraduate science education course which integrated topics from biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, and computer science. His current interest is integrating computational topics into the physics curriculum. He teaches the use of the computer algebraic and numerical system Maple to assist students in modeling and visualizing physical, and biological, systems. His Dirac-notation based quantum mechanics course is taught solely through Maple. An avid baseball fan, during his spare time, Dr. Gould is traveling, particularly to locations where he can bicycle on smooth, traffic-free roads, visit beaches and/or mountains, and enjoy good food and drink.

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Before I put in a change request to make LinearAlgebra:-Equal the "is" of matrix/vector options, I wonder is there something else I should be doing.

I wish to write 2D output strings in various colors. Normally I use printf, though I'm willing to hear other suggestions.

An optimal procedure would one where I pass it the string, and a ColorName color such as "DodgerBlue" or "xkcd blue", but I'm happy if it means passing my own hex code.  Thanks.

In reference to the nice application: by @Christopher2222 ,  my question is: 

is there a simple way to sort primarily by one column, but if two elements possess identical values, then using a second column to determine the order? For example, what if we wanted to sort the flashlight dataframe primarily by "B-type" but use a subsort by "Minutes". 

I wrote a function which used recursion. It worked fine for small dataframes, but was painfully slow with a multi-thousand element spreadsheet.


Even though I was using the thoughtful answer provided by a poster in a previous MaplePrimes question, I was unable to successfully place labels on a column graph.  I have reduced the problem to adding a plots:-setoptions call, of any type, before calling ColumnGraph:



T := [StringTools[CharacterFrequencies]("antidisestablishmentarianism")]

["a" = 4, "b" = 1, "d" = 1, "e" = 2, "h" = 1, "i" = 5, "l" = 1, "m" = 2, "n" = 3, "r" = 1, "s" = 4, "t" = 3]




plots:-setoptions(size = [300, 250])


Error, (in Statistics:-ColumnGraph) expecting plot structure but received: ROOT(BOUNDS_X(0), BOUNDS_Y(0), BOUNDS_WIDTH(300), BOUNDS_HEIGHT(250))






The challenge for me is that for my work, several default plot parameters require changing including the default plot size which is too large. Hence my Maple initialization file includes calls to plots:-setoptions. Is this a bug in the ColumnGraph command and is there a work around that does not include removing the plots:-setoptions from my initialization file? Note: this problem occurs both in Maple 2019 and 2020. 

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