By contrast, another school of software design sets out to create a flexible research environment suitable for attacking a variety of problems. Software of this sort rarely implements particular algorithms or solves specific problems. Rather, it provides a collection of specialized tools that can be used by many researchers working in a common area to design their own algorithms, or solve their own problems.

For lack of better terms, call software of the former variety
**mathematical packages** and software of the latter kind
**research environments**. A great deal of
software of both kinds has been developed at the Geometry
Center as well as by people associated with the Center.

**Research Environments**-- Snappea, Evolver, Automata, Pisces and ds_tool.**Mathematical Packages**-- AlgCurve, CRSolver, Linktool, evert, Kali, Kaleidotile, etc

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