This experience report describes how Haskell was used to model the beginnings of complex life on Earth. My work combines ecological modeling in Haskell with statistical analysis in R, to answer some long standing paleontological questions. For my work, I found that neither Haskell nor R was suffcient - statistical analysis in Haskell is overly burdensome, while R lacks the structure to express complex algorithms in a maintainable manner. The reaction from my colleagues has ranged from indifferent to excited - but I have yet to tempt any of them over to the pure side!
I initially persuaded my wife to switch to Haskell, but since then, I have had little involvement with her code. If you have any feedback for her (ideally before Wednesday!) please leave it in the comments.