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Scientific Computing with Scala

By : Vytautas Jancauskas
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Scientific Computing with Scala

By: Vytautas Jancauskas

Overview of this book

Scala is a statically typed, Java Virtual Machine (JVM)-based language with strong support for functional programming. There exist libraries for Scala that cover a range of common scientific computing tasks – from linear algebra and numerical algorithms to convenient and safe parallelization to powerful plotting facilities. Learning to use these to perform common scientific tasks will allow you to write programs that are both fast and easy to write and maintain. We will start by discussing the advantages of using Scala over other scientific computing platforms. You will discover Scala packages that provide the functionality you have come to expect when writing scientific software. We will explore using Scala's Breeze library for linear algebra, optimization, and signal processing. We will then proceed to the Saddle library for data analysis. If you have experience in R or with Python's popular pandas library you will learn how to translate those skills to Saddle. If you are new to data analysis, you will learn basic concepts of Saddle as well. Well will explore the numerical computing environment called ScalaLab. It comes bundled with a lot of scientific software readily available. We will use it for interactive computing, data analysis, and visualization. In the following chapters, we will explore using Scala's powerful parallel collections for safe and convenient parallel programming. Topics such as the Akka concurrency framework will be covered. Finally, you will learn about multivariate data visualization and how to produce professional-looking plots in Scala easily. After reading the book, you should have more than enough information on how to start using Scala as your scientific computing platform
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
Scientific Computing with Scala
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Reading and writing JSON files

JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) files are a common way of serializing data. It was proposed by Douglas Crockford and is described in the RFC 7159 standard. In particular, they are good at storing complex data structures such as dictionaries. Many languages have strong libraries for JSON support. It is very common to store your program data in JSON files. It is a good format in which to save files and the like. It is also commonly used for storing input data for various simulation programs. It is far more human-readable and -writable than XML and has largely replaced it in some uses. For example, it has largely replaced XML in asynchronous browser/server communication. We will look into several libraries that you can use to access JSON files in Scala.

Here's a small tip for using some third-party libraries. If you download them from GitHub or some other source code repository and the project uses SBT, then the easiest way to use them in your software is to...