Homological Algebra Programming
Version 1.26
Released 2020-05-04
This project is maintained by Graham Ellis
(C) Graham Ellis
HAP is a package for some calculations in elementary algebraic topology and the cohomology of groups. The initial focus of the library was on computations related to the cohomology of finite and infinite groups, with particular emphasis on integral coefficients. The focus has since broadened to include Steenrod algebras of finite groups, Bredon homology, cohomology of simplicial groups, and general computations in algebraic topology relating to finite CW-complexes, covering spaces, knots, knotted surfaces, and topics such as persitent homology arising in topological data analysis. A full description of the library can be found at http://hamilton.nuigalway.ie/Hap/www/ .
HAP is written almost entirely in the GAP language. A few of HAP’s (optional) functions rely on Polymake software (available from www.math.tu-berlin.de/polymake/) which should be installed so that it starts using the command “polymake” at the Linux prompt. A few (optional) functions rely on Singular software (available from https://www.singular.uni-kl.de/) which should be installed so that it starts using the command “singular” at the Linux prompt. A few (oprional) functions rely on Graphviz software (available from http://www.graphviz.org/).
Please send your bug reports to graham.ellis(at)nuigalway.ie .
On a Linux machine with GAP (and optionally Polymake) installed, the HAP library can be loaded as follows:
First download the file hap1.26.tar.gz to the subdirectory “pkg/” of GAP. (If you don’t have access to this, then create a directory “pkg” in your home directory and download the file there.)
Change to directory “pkg/” and type “gunzip hap1.26.tar.gz” followed by “tar -xvf hap1.26.tar” .
Start GAP. (If you have created “pkg” in your home directory then start GAP with the command “gap -l ‘path/homedir;’ “ where path/homedir is the path to your home directory.)
In GAP type “ LoadPackage(“HAP”); “ .
Help on HAP can be found on the HAP home page (a version of which is included in directory “pkg/Hap1.26/www” of this distribution).
Performance can be significantly improved by using a compiled version of the HAP library. A compiled version can be created by the following steps.
The next time HAP is loaded a compiled version will be loaded.