The aim of the matrix package is to provide integrated and comprehensive access to a collection of algorithms, developed primarily over the past decade, for investigating the structure of matrix groups defined over finite fields. We sought to design a package which provides easy access to existing algorithms and implementations, and which both allows new algorithms to be developed easily using existing components, and to update existing ones readily.
Some of the facilities provided are necessarily limited, both on theoretical and practical grounds; others are experimental and developmental in nature; we welcome criticism of their performance. One motivation for its release is to encourage input from others.
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