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Re: [Help-glpk] interfaces and platforms

From: Harley
Subject: Re: [Help-glpk] interfaces and platforms
Date: Wed, 08 Feb 2012 11:50:02 +1100
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I think Robbie's comments were in response to the 'more reliable' part of your email. Robbie has worked very hard on the wikibook for GLPK and it is an excellent reference and it is not wikipedia as it has been created by the GLPK users but also has not been formally peer reviewed.

Given that many participants on this list do not have English as their first language, we need to be careful about interpreting the intentions of the writer. I don't believe that Robbie's comments are angry just as I believe that there may have been a misunderstanding in the original email about the difference between wikipedia (not much standing in the academic world) and the GLPK wikibook that has been put together by the users of GLPK.

I definitely would recommend reading the wikibook for GLPK as it does contain answers to your questions (


Harley Mackenzie

On 8/02/12 5:47 AM, name name wrote:
Let me explain and answer to your questions:

First, I have registed to the mailing list, second, I'm master student and I'm writing my master thesis where I use GLPK in a OPEN SOURCE project( ) for this reason I would like to have a source differant from wikipedia.

I dont see why you are so angry. Whot I do is using GLPK and writing in my thesis.

On Mon, Feb 6, 2012 at 9:48 PM, Robbie Morrison <address@hidden> wrote:


First up, you should register if you wish to post to
this list.  That means the maintainer does not need to
waste his time with cross-posting.

Just curious as to why you think the GLPK wikibook is
not reliable?  Our community (myself included) invest a
fair bit effort in keeping it correct and current.  Can
you point to any mistakes, for example?

If you need to cite peer-reviewed literature for some
reason, then you're pretty much outa luck.

You need to remember that GLPK is an open source
project.  We all take pride in producing good work and
providing good support.  So whilst the controls on
quality are not formal, as happens in scientific
publishing, they are, nonetheless, active and vibrant.

Maybe you could talk to your boss or supervisor and
suggest that, in this case, well maintained open source
documentation can be of high standard and should not be
unceremoniously dismissed.  Conversely, my experiences
with scientific peer-review have left me underwhelmed.

In addition, much of the academic programming I've seen
is just awful in relation to software engineering and
good practice.  In contrast, GLPK is coded to a very
high standard and is widely tested.

HTH, Robbie

To:           help-glpk <address@hidden>
Subject:      Re: [Help-glpk] interfaces and platforms
From:         name name <address@hidden>
Date:         Mon, 6 Feb 2012 14:49:15 +0100

> I have seen that but i need some sources which are more
> relaible (it is for an project). Is there another
> source ?
> Thanks
> On Mon, Feb 6, 2012 at 2:25 PM, Andrew Makhorin <address@hidden> wrote:
>> > Could you tell me in which platforms GLPK works and in which languages
>> > there are an interface for GLPK.
>> Please see:

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