18.4 Searching for mathematical software

A common situation is that you need a piece of code to solve a particular problem. You believe somebody must have written software to solve this type of problem already, but you do not know how to find it. Here are some suggestions:

  1. Ask your co-workers and colleagues. Always do this first, otherwise you can waste lots of time trying to find something the person next-door may have already.
  2. Check Netlib. They have a search feature.
  3. Look it up in GAMS, the Guide to Available Mathematical Software from NIST.

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