Take this training and start crunching big data on MATLAB

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https://www.scilab.org/ is an open source equivalent and will probably have all the features you need.

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I’m more of a Python fan myself. I have used MATLAB since the 90s, and it costs a shit ton, and it changes at least once a year but isn’t backwards compatible. The MATLAB of today is definitely not the MATLAB I’ve started on, but I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing.

It could be worse. It could be R.

Thanks, I’ll check it out!

There’s also GNU Octave - I’ve not done a side by side comparison with Scilab.

MATLAB’s code generation works pretty well if you want to convert some scientist’s complex stuff into a program and don’t mind that the code produced doesn’t give even the slightest wink to being human-readable. There’s a lot of intricacies to making it work for anything non-trivial, but I suppose “lets it gruelingly work with other go-to languages” isn’t so great as ad copy

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It’s pretty close to backwards compatible. They’re adding an impressive range of new capabilities with every 6-monthly release, and generally they try quite hard to ensure backwards compatibility, though there are a few exceptions. $150 for the home (non-commercial) license is not the cheapest thing ever, but it’s commercial-scope software and you get what you pay for.

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