Re: [R] Comparison between R and MATLAB

From: Kevin J. Thompson <kthomps7_at_gmu.edu>
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2008 15:18:12 -0400

hi,  

  my 0.2$ the rpy python module is excellent, in addition to those Wacek mentioned.

  another free alternative, particularly for graphics is scilab: http://www.scilab.org/

thanks,
kevin

> 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 (http://www.sagemath.org/) 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.
>
> vQ
>
>
> 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.
> >
> > Clint Bowman INTERNET: clint_at_ecy.wa.gov
> > Air Dispersion Modeler INTERNET: clint_at_math.utah.edu
> > Air Quality Program VOICE: (360) 407-6815
> > Department of Ecology FAX: (360) 407-7534
> >
> > USPS: PO Box 47600, Olympia, WA 98504-7600
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> >
> > On Fri, 20 Jun 2008, Earl F. Glynn wrote:
> >
> >
> >> "Shubha Vishwanath Karanth" <shubhak_at_ambaresearch.com> wrote in
> message>> news:7D44476A5833D340A0A85099D5EAD8B2832C_at_BAN-
> MAILSRV02.Amba.com...>> 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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