Matlab 2013: What can it be used for?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by MacNoobGuy, Sep 23, 2013.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Apr 18, 2012
    Hi all, I just came across this app called 'Matlab 2013'. I tried reading their website, but I couldn't get a clear picture of what it does exactly.
  2. benwiggy, Sep 23, 2013
    Last edited: Sep 23, 2013

    macrumors 68020

    Jun 15, 2012
    It's for hardcore maths. It's used by engineers, statisticians, maths academics.

    It's used pretty extensively in universities. If you have to ask, chances are you don't need it. :D
  3. macrumors 604

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    Research groups are big users of Matlab. It is used for statistical calculations, graphing, etc.

    As the above said, if you don't know what it is you don't need it.

    Bsides, it is very expensive!! VERY.
  4. macrumors 6502a

    Dark Dragoon

    Jul 28, 2006
    Essentially its a programming/computing environment which you program using the Matlab programming language.
    It's aimed mainly at the fields of maths, science and engineering.

    There are also a lot of toolkits which make programming certain tasks a lot easier, for example I've used Matlab (at university) mainly for artificial intelligence based work. As there are toolkits that provide easy to use neural networks, genetic algorithms etc...

    As for the cost, you can usually get it a lot cheaper if you are a student.

    But yeah generally if you don't know what it is, or you haven't been told that you need it for your job/academic work, then it's unlikely that you need it.

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