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I'm trying to have a math program on my computer for math-related things. I've been attempting to use MATLAB for a while now, but its far too confusing for my tastes. Is mathematica any easier to use?
vanesch said:If it is a matter of budget, I'd go for mathematica, because there's no clone available, while there are good free clones of MATLAB (scilab for instance).
D H said:There is Maxima (SourceForge link), based on a 1982 version of Macsyma. Macysyma is the granddaddy of Mathematica and Maple. Sorry, I haven't tried it.
Matlab provides a symbolic toolkit powered by the Maple engine. Unfortunately, the integration is not clean (and that is saying it nicely). Do the Matlab clones provide a symbolic toolkit? To date I have not been impressed by the Matlab clones.
Chris Hillman said:http://modular.math.washington.edu/sage/index.html for a more complete list. As I understand it, there is some hope that development of SAGE might revive development of Maxima, which currently lags far behind Maple by virtue of lacking such powerful commands as casesplit and such useful packages as Groebner. I think this initiative is extremely promising; if it succeeds it will fundamentally alter how mathematicians work and play (for the better, I think). To mention just one point, working mathematicians are probably well aware, for example, of the desirability of facile checking of Mathematica and Maple results against each other.
Anyone interested in making financial contributions or contributing to code can http://modular.math.washington.edu/sage/ack.html , with the goals of
Note that SAGE-2.8.12 is http://modular.math.washington.edu/sage/announce/sage-2.8.12.txt for installation and beta testing.
- providing a discussion forum for SAGE developers around the world,
- providing tutorials for anyone interested in learning to use components of SAGE such as Maple, GAP, etc.,
- promoting the project to the world at large.
(Confusingly, there is a http://www.npl.washington.edu/npl/ar96/ch2_9.html also called SAGE and also admininstered at UW. All three programs are distinct!)
BTW, a relevant conference ("camp meeting"?) which starts tommorrow (!) is here.
chroot said:Most of these programs have student editions that are reasonably priced (or about as "reasonable" as a textbook).
- Warren
Oh, the irony!ks_physicist said:Which I then could not register, because (having graduated) I was no longer a student.
The main difference between MATLAB and Mathematica is their purpose and programming language. MATLAB is primarily used for numerical computing and technical computing, while Mathematica is more focused on symbolic computing and algorithms. Additionally, MATLAB uses its own programming language, while Mathematica uses the Wolfram language.
This is subjective and depends on personal preference. Some beginners may find MATLAB easier to learn due to its simpler syntax and user-friendly interface. Others may find Mathematica easier because of its extensive documentation and built-in functions. It ultimately depends on the individual's background and learning style.
Yes, both MATLAB and Mathematica can be used for similar tasks such as data analysis, simulation, and visualization. However, they may have different approaches and methods for achieving the same result. It is recommended to choose the software that aligns with your specific needs and goals.
Both MATLAB and Mathematica have powerful tools for data analysis and visualization. However, MATLAB is more commonly used for these tasks as it has a wider range of built-in functions and specialized toolboxes for data analysis. Mathematica also has similar capabilities, but it may require more coding and familiarity with its syntax.
Both MATLAB and Mathematica have a strong user base and are widely used in various industries and fields. MATLAB is more popular in the engineering and scientific community, while Mathematica is commonly used in mathematical research and education. Therefore, the choice of software may also depend on the specific industry or field.