Have you ever been sent data by a friend and wanted to calculate the average of the third column? How about the correlation coefficient between the second column and the fifth? What about the total of the first? How about doing a bootstrap on all the values or lines in a file?
During the course of my research, I kept needing to do these things and I would re-code it every time in my favourite scripting language at the moment. At some point, what little fun there was in coding programs to calculate averages and correlation coefficients lost its appeal and I decided to maximise my productivity by creating a set of binary executables that I could use on a shell command line, with the intent of maximising generality and flexibility for my purposes. I am now slowly collecting the suite of programs I wrote so others can make use of it as well (some of it will come in handy if you use the RAMP distribution for protein modelling). This document describes how to use the suite of programs in RAMBIN. Also included are a few other goodies that do other things besides math stuff.
Documentation is terse, and will probably always be, but some familiarity with Unix systems will enable you to use the software in the RAMBIN distribution easily.