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SciSheets: Providing the Power of Programming with the Simplicity of Spreadsheets

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Many biologists perform calculations on complex data using spreadsheet formulas because they are uncomfortable with existing programming tools. Unfortunately, calculations in spreadsheets are ill-equipped for code reuse, handling complex data, scaling calculations, and sharing with program literate collaborators. We explore the extent to which non-programmer scientists benefit from a spreadsheet system under development, SciSheets, in which: python is the formula language; spreadsheets can be exported as a standalone python program to enhance scalability and code reuse; and nested tables are provided to organize complex data. The talk will discuss case studies from plant genetics and coevolution of microbes.

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