From: Matthias Schabel (boost_at_[hidden])
Date: 2007-04-11 11:54:56
The formal review of the Math Toolkit, submitted by John Maddock,
Paul Bristow, Hubert Holin, and Xiaogang Zhang, begins today, April
11 and ends April 20. The library and documentation may be downloaded
from the Boost Vault:
The Math Toolkit is divided into three interrelated components :
1) a reasonably comprehensive set of statistical distributions
2) a set of high quality special functions
3) tools needed to implement special functions
Because this library subsumes a wide range of material, I anticipate
that not all reviewers will feel comfortable reviewing the entirety
of the library. In order to expand the potential reviewer and
increase overall participation, partial reviews of one or more of the
three components described above are encouraged. As this is a
primarily numerical library, quality of implementation, both
correctness and efficiency, is critical. The authors have provided an
extensive set of tests, but, as always, more eyes catch more bugs.
Attention paid to these areas by reviewers is particularly welcome.
Your comments may be brief or lengthy, as long as they provide
sufficient basis for the Review Manager to assess your evaluation of
the library. Relevant areas include interface/design,
implementation, relevance to Boost, etc... If you identify problems
along the way, please note if they are minor, serious, or showstoppers.
Here are some questions you might want to answer in your review:
What is your evaluation of the design?
What is your evaluation of the implementation?
What is your evaluation of the documentation?
What is your evaluation of the potential usefulness of the library?
Did you try to use the library? With what compiler? Did you
have any problems?
How much effort did you put into your evaluation? A glance? A
quick reading? In-depth study?
Are you knowledgeable about the problem domain?
And finally, every review should answer this question:
Do you think the library should be accepted as a Boost library?
Be sure to say this explicitly so that your other comments don't
obscure your overall opinion.
Review comments can be sent to the developer list, the user list, or
directly to me if you don't wish to comment publicly. Thank you in
advance for your time and work on this review.
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