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Which ones have the easiest learning curve?

Which ones do you use, which ones have you used, and which ones do you prefer?

Mathematica, Matlab, Excel, GNUPlot, SPSS?

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Which ones have the easiest learning curve?

Which ones do you use, which ones have you used, and which ones do you prefer?

Mathematica, Matlab, Excel, GNUPlot, SPSS?

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Matlab is quite good for this, but you need to do some programming to get good results. This means it is good for detailed and long term work, but not as good for getting quick results in a hurry.

Which ones have the easiest learning curve?

Which ones do you use, which ones have you used, and which ones do you prefer?

Mathematica, Matlab, Excel, GNUPlot, SPSS?

I hate using Excel for plotting and visualization.

I only use Mathematica (and similar environments) for symbolic calculations and quick plotting, but I have noticed that graphing is simpler in these environments compared to Matlab. I'm curious to hear what others say about this.

I used GNUPlot years ago and thought it was good, but can't remember enough to say if it's better or worse than others.

I never used SPSS, but years ago I used another statistical package (I forgot the name now) for a project that required it. It had amazing features for visualizing data. I suspect this might be the best choice, although it's just a guess.

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Maybe SAS, which seems to be similar to SPSS but more flexible/powerful. I use SPSS. It's pretty easy to learn, but limited. It's an awesome package for the social sciences and similar, but not very good for dynamic physics systems. I use plain old python+libraries for most of my data visualization needs and it's pretty serviceable. Different tools for different things and all that.I never used SPSS, but years ago I used another statistical package (I forgot the name now) for a project that required it. It had amazing features for visualizing data.

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Is there any software out there you guys use (other than Excel, which is more designed with business in mind than data analysis) that allows complex data visualization through a GUI, or is most scientific plotting software similar to Matlab and Mathematica, where everything has to be specified in the argument that creates the plot?

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openDX and MayaVi, sort of.Is there any software out there you guys use (other than Excel, which is more designed with business in mind than data analysis) that allows complex data visualization through a GUI, or is most scientific plotting software similar to Matlab and Mathematica, where everything has to be specified in the argument that creates the plot?

Also, maybe Sage?

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I'm just a student, but for my lab reports I use http://www.r-project.org/" [Broken]. R is used by statisticians in world (and my university too), I always can ask someone for help. R makes beuatiful graphics, and the best — R isn't just statistical application, it's programming language too, so you can do everything, what you want.

P.S. My English is terrible, I'm sorry.

P.S. My English is terrible, I'm sorry.

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you want some simple 2d, contour, density plot

straight out of a data file with slight format modifications

such as legends, symbols, etc. then I would think

that any of the packages you mentioned should do

a decent job.

On the other hand, if you want, for example, map

the contour onto a sphere where the color scaled

from Cadet Blue (RGB[95;159;159]) to Royal Blue

(RGB[65;105;225]) then I would definitely suggest

Mathematica or Matlab.

I am only familiar with Mathematica, Gnuplot and

Matlab. Of the three, Gnuplot is the easiest one

to use, plus it is great for batch job if you are

comfortable with script file (I suspect that the other

two could too).

Another thing to look for is the support from the user's

group. Chances are that someone already did or even wrote

a package on what you want to do. My experience with

the Mathematica and Gnuplot people has been great.

Don't know much about the Matlab group, but a casual

check at the comp.soft-sys.matlab shows quite a few

unanswered queries.

Cheers,

Michuco

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I've looked at some examples and Matplotlib looks well nice, however, I haven't really had time to actually try it out.

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