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I think this question should be on-topic. To the extent that it is a software-recommendations question, it's precisely the kind of recommendation question we want to encourage: it is well-researched, it has a clear statement of goals and of the OP's situation, and clear requirements on the answers, which also make it clear that the answers are expected to be ...


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I wholeheartedly support adding computational topics to our site, but where we draw the line needs to be very clear. Here is where I would draw it: What we can't do We cannot answer programming questions (How does one implement X method for Y equation?) We cannot debug code (I programmed Crank-Nicholson but it's not working, what did I do wrong?) We ...


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I would word the help-centre item like this. In the list of "on topic" things: Computational physics [[followed by a link to an exemplary question]] In the list of "off topic" things: Implementation details While computational physics is on topic, we are not a programming site. If your question is about implementing computational code -...


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This question should be on topic. In most mature subdisciplines of computational physics (moleular dynamics, polymer physics, computational fluid dynamics, numerical relativity...) there are only a handful of different codes, and everyone in the field is more or less familiar with all of them. The codes will generally differ practically and algorithmically, ...


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No, use https://mathematica.stackexchange.com/ (which was launched in 2012) instead.


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Your question is a recommendation question. That's a category that has seen a lot of history going back to the early days of Stack Overflow, and they are generally frowned on throughout the network. Some of the turning points in the discussion of such things appear as blog posts Stack Overflow: Where We Hate Fun Jan. 2010 Good Subjective, Bad Subjective ...


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We have a very limited number of customized canned off-topic closure reasons: at present we have three, homework-like, non-mainstream, and engineering, which make up the current close-vote prompt. Stack Exchange is extremely reluctant, on UI grounds, to add more reasons, so the only thing we could do is replace one of those - and, frankly, questions about ...


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Software Recommendations Stack Exchange site, recommended by Chair in the comments, has had similar questions as what you've requested: https://softwarerecs.stackexchange.com/q/17669 https://softwarerecs.stackexchange.com/q/42052 https://softwarerecs.stackexchange.com/q/16327 So it seems like a decent bet that it's something you could ask there. I don't ...


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The resource-recommendations tag was originally "my" project, so I'm probably best placed to speak about the original intent of the tag. We have to consider the history of the resource-recommendations tag. It started out as book-recommendations, and that tag was created with a very narrow purpose: to collect recommendations for textbooks treating a certain ...


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I) Speaking in general, the resource-recommendations tag also covers journals and non-paper electronic materials, such as, e.g., video lectures, on-line resources, software, experimental data files, etc, cf. e.g. its tag wiki. Moreover, from a practical point of view, why have different standards for books, software, etc? E.g. it seems they should all be ...


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As always, this will boil down to the exact wording of the question on hand. If you just want to know how to plot the data like that, then no -- it won't be on topic. Valid answers are Excel, R, Matplotlib (python), Matlab, Mathmatica, Tecplot, gnuplot, and probably dozens more. Each is capable of generating a scatter plot/heatmap plot and that's all you are ...


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I think this question is the most recent word on the matter, and that says software recommendation questions are off topic. I would group the question you're thinking about asking in the same category, and consider it off topic. It could also easily qualify as opinion-based. You could bring your question up in our chat room, or it might be on topic at the ...


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