The Web Site
Gersonides is a web site for calculating statistical or mathematical things that interest me.
Gersonides is based on a program called JStat
I wrote in the early 1990s to perform some statistical calculations I needed for my work.
Most of the code is based on routines I have written and re-written in various
programming languages. Over the years, when I wanted to learn a new language, I would translate my programs into the new language.
The current motivation was that I wanted to learn Python and Django.
This web site is named after Levi ben Gershon (Gersonides),
philosopher, Talmudist, mathematician, astronomer/astrologer (1288–1344).
My father always told me I was a descendant of Levi Ben Gershon. I have no way of knowing if this is true,
but when I realized
the internet was already using the original name of my program,"JStat" for various things,
and that Levi Ben Gershon (aka Gersonides) had written a book on calculation, I decided to name the web site "Gersonides".
Technologies used in constructing this web site include Django, Python, R, and Cairo.
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