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Graphing and Data Analysis software?

  1. Sep 29, 2011 #1
    Hello everyone,

    I was wondering what software you all find useful for analyzing data. What I'm looking for needs to have extensive curve fitting abilities as well as error analysis tools, i.e., error bars and what not. I hope this isn't totally vague and you all have a piece of software in mind.

    I should mention this is for one of the upper division physics labs at my university. We are pretty much left to our own devices in writing up a manuscript and presenting data.

    Many Thanks,

    P.S. I think we have Kaleidograph on the computers in the physics computer lab. Any thoughts on that one?
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  3. Dec 6, 2014 #2
    We use R & excel in our company. Now many Big companies have started using tools like Tablueu & Visualcue for analyzing data.These tools provide brilliant, real-time dashboards to your key decision-makers. And do it all in a single, intuitive platform.Now R which is an dominating free software can be integrated with tools like Visualcue & other data analysis tools.
  4. Dec 6, 2014 #3
    I am sure the physics lab is already familiar with python and its famous three-some numpy/scipy/matplotlib.

    Then, there is newcomer julia
  5. Dec 6, 2014 #4


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    If you scan through this web site, notice that MATLAB is very popular. It is for heavy-duty engineering analysis and is expensive. I also see Mathematica mentioned here a lot. For heavy-duty data analysis, SAS is a leader in the field of statistical packages. It is also expensive. I have heard good things about R and was pleased with what I saw when I briefly looked at it. It is free. There is a learning curve for all of these. The company I work at uses MATLAB extensively. If your needs are not for heavy-duty analysis, there is a lot to be said for EXCEL because it is so universally available on Windows systems and many people already know how to use it.
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