Re: [R] Comparison between R and MATLAB

From: Wacek Kusnierczyk <>
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2008 20:47:00 +0200

for many tasks, gnu octave (a 'matlab clone', no offense to gnu folks intended) is quite sufficient, and *free* (+ open source). you can run some of matlab code in octave.

you should also check if sage ( can do the job for you, it's stuffed with all sorts of maths utilities, with friendly python frontend, etc.
and once you're at python's, check numpy, scipy, and matplotlib, which do lots of good work too. all open source, of course.


Clint Bowman wrote:
> The easy way around that is to create an account, "Mathworks", with a
> common group that all who will use MatLab belong, then su - Mathworks
> should satisfy the license manager.
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> On Fri, 20 Jun 2008, Earl F. Glynn wrote:
>> "Shubha Vishwanath Karanth" <> wrote in message
>> Can I get a comparison between R and MATLAB? How is R efficient than MATLAB?
>> Or what are the weaknesses of R compared to MATLAB?
>> Don't forget to compare licenses and cost. Matlab's rigid and unreasonable
>> license is the main reason I use R now.
>> Several years ago the Mathworks refused to let a post doc and me share a
>> MatLab license -- they wanted all single-user licenses to be named users
>> even if each of us only needed MatLab a few hours a month. I asked if they
>> had a "math model" for what we got for a license, but they didn't care that
>> there was a huge disconnect between what they wanted to sell and our usage
>> needs. I quit using MatLab, converted my project from MatLab to R, and now
>> steer as many people to R as possible.
>> The Mathworks refuses to acknowledge that life-science users of math tools
>> are not like physical science users. Biologists can spend weeks or months
>> on experiments and then occasionally need high-end math tools for analysis.
>> A single shared network MatLab license outside of academia is outrageously
>> expensive. A single network concurrent license for Matlab and the Image
>> processing, Signal Processing and PDE toolboxes costs $18,800 -- I received
>> that quote just yesterday since we still have a few people that use existing
>> MatLab code.
>> MatLab may be a good product, but the Mathworks is unreasonable in how they
>> license it. We are a non-profit, basic life scientific research institute
>> and the Mathworks sells us the same license as for-profit businesses. Only
>> degree-granting universities are eligible for academic pricing apparently.
>> efg
>> Earl F Glynn
>> Bioinformatics
>> Stowers Institute for Medical Research
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