Which Software is Better: Mathematica or Maple?

In summary: Matlab.In summary, the two softwares (Mathematica and Maple) are both powerful and can do different things, but in Warren's opinion, Mathematica is the better choice because it is more stable and functional.
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germana2006
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Which of the two softwares (Mathematica and Maple) what do you think is better?
 
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Which fruit do you think is better, the apple or the orange?

- Warren
 
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I prefer apples: oranges are too messy!

(I think chroot's point is that they are two different packages and thus cannot be compared. Having never used mathematica, I cannot comment.)
 
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Well, each package could probably be said to be better at certain kinds of problems, but we have no idea what kind of problems the OP wants to solve.

- Warren
 
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germana2006 said:
Which of the two softwares (Mathematica and Maple) what do you think is better?

Pari/GP.

chroot said:
Which fruit do you think is better, the apple or the orange?

Pineapple.
 
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Mathematica.
 
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cristo said:
I prefer apples: oranges are too messy!

(I think chroot's point is that they are two different packages and thus cannot be compared. Having never used mathematica, I cannot comment.)


Only if they're Granny Smith apples!
 
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CRGreathouse said:
Pineapple.


Somone give this man a Nobel Prize, for he speaks the truth, pineapples are the god of all fruits.
 
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Let me not get into this fruit-ful discussion (in which I agree with the pineapple :smile: - ah well, you know what I mean) and answer to the original post.

I am a (hobbyist) programmer and I know quite some languages. I try to always use the right tool for the job and the same goes here. I must admit however, that -- though I have little experience with MatLab -- Mathematica is a really really powerful package which can do almost anything imaginable. So though probably Matlab is more efficient at some problems (especially numerical ones) I am inclined to favor Mathematica in this dilemma :smile:
 
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I have access to a free educational copy of Mathematica, so I use it from time to time to see how efficient it is. But for the problems I do (number theory), I've found that Pari/GP is often 20-50% faster, and hand-coded solutions (when appropriate) are often better yet. So I have little use for Mathematica. On the other hand, for integration there's no equal to be found for Mathematica, so it's all about what you want to do.
 
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Mathematica. In my experience it is much more stable and more functional.
 
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I prefer Maple, but that's only because I get it for $20.
 

Related to Which Software is Better: Mathematica or Maple?

1. What are the main differences between Mathematica and Maple?

Mathematica and Maple are both powerful mathematical software, but they have some key differences. Mathematica is a general-purpose programming language that has a wide range of applications beyond mathematics, while Maple is specifically designed for mathematical and scientific computations. Mathematica also has a larger user base and a more intuitive user interface, while Maple offers more advanced features for symbolic calculations.

2. Which software is better for visualizations and graphics?

Both Mathematica and Maple have strong capabilities in creating visualizations and graphics. However, Mathematica has a more user-friendly interface and offers a wider range of customizable options, making it a popular choice for creating visualizations. Maple also has powerful visualization tools, but they may require more technical knowledge to use effectively.

3. Is one software better for solving specific types of equations or problems?

Both Mathematica and Maple have extensive libraries and capabilities for solving various types of equations and problems. However, Mathematica has a larger collection of built-in functions and algorithms, making it a better choice for solving complex problems. Maple, on the other hand, offers more advanced tools for symbolic computation, making it a preferred option for certain types of equations.

4. Which software is more user-friendly for beginners?

Mathematica and Maple both have a steep learning curve, but Mathematica is generally considered more user-friendly for beginners. Its intuitive interface and extensive documentation make it easier to get started with basic calculations and visualizations. Maple also has a user-friendly interface, but it may require more technical knowledge to use some of its advanced features.

5. Can I use both Mathematica and Maple together?

Yes, it is possible to use both Mathematica and Maple together in your research or work. Many users find that each software has its own strengths and may use both depending on their specific needs. It is also possible to transfer data and calculations between the two programs, making it easier to combine their capabilities.

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