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For the usual reasons (seeking funding for GAP development) I would like

to hear from as many current or prospective GAP users in the UK as

possible. What I would like from each of you is a very brief statement

of what you use GAP for, what you might envisage using it for over the

next few years and what you might use it for if it were improved in

some way -- better documentation, portability, new mathematical

functionality, better possibilities for linkages to other systems,

better interfaces and development tools, etc.

Not sure I can be much help: so far I've only played with GAP, in the

vague expectation that "it may come in useful sometime". The things I'm

likely to use it for in the near future are "sledgehammer to crack a

nut" things like generating character tables, decomposition matrices,

Cartan matrices, etc. of a size that could probably be done by hand.

If it were easier to deal with modules/homomorphisms, I might use it for

more serious things -- the kind of calculation I have in mind is

calculating homotopy classes of chain maps between chain complexes of

projective modules for a finite group algebra (over a finite field,

say).

For casual users like me, clear documentation that's easy to dip into

is important, but so far I've been very happy with what there is.

--------------------------------- Jeremy Rickard J.Rickard@Bristol.ac.uk Tel:- 0117 9287989 Fax:- 0117 9287999 ---------------------------------

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