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Octave

Octave

GNU Octave is a high-level language, primarily intended for numerical computations.

It provides a convenient command line interface for solving linear and nonlinear problems numerically, and for performing other numerical experiments using a language that is mostly compatible with MATLAB. It can also be used as a batch-oriented language.

Octave has extensive tools for solving common numerical linear algebra problems, finding the roots of nonlinear equations, integrating ordinary functions, manipulating polynomials, and integrating ordinary differential and differential-algebraic equations. It is easily extensible and customizable via user-defined functions written in Octave's own language, or using dynamically loaded modules written in C++, C, Fortran, or other languages.

Octave is able to perform matrix and vector mathematics, numerically solve differential equations, and plot data uses Gnuplot.

 Octave 3.8.1

Price
Free to download

Size
16.8MB

License
GNU GPL v2

Developer
John W. Eaton and many others

Website
www.octave.org

System Requirements

Support:
Octave Manual, FAQ, Wiki, Mailing ListskOctave, Octave-Forge, OctPlot, Web interface to Octave, Introduction to Octave

Selected Reviews:
Everything2.com, Linux Journal

Features include:

  • Command and variable name completion
  • Command history
  • Data structures
  • Short-circuit boolean operators
  • Increment and decrement operators
  • Unwind-protect
  • Variable-length argument lists
  • Variable-length return lists
  • Profiler

Features in Octave not available in MATLAB R2007a

  • Functions defined on the command-line
  • Comments with #
  • Strings delimitted by double quotes "
  • Line continuation by backslash
  • Informative block closing
  • Coherent syntax
  • Exclamation mark as not operator
  • Increment and decrement operators
  • Unwind-protect
  • Built-in ODE and DAE solvers

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