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Octave advocacy

From: John W. Eaton
Subject: Octave advocacy
Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2004 16:15:10 -0400

The following message was posted to sci.math.num-analysis today.

  From: rif <address@hidden>
  Subject: Re: best software environment for numerical analysis
  Newsgroups: sci.math.num-analysis
  Date: 16 Sep 2004 14:42:23 -0400
  Organization: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  I prefer R, which is the successor of S.  It's free (beer and
  freedom), has much better graphics than Octave, has a good high-level
  control language, and has a huge array of software available.  It was
  designed with statistics in mind, but is extremely useful for a wide
  range of numerical tasks.  (IMO, the only time Octave is really a good
  choice is if you have to run existing Matlab, and even then, it rarely
  works, as Octave is missing many of Matlab's features.)



Would some Octave users like to counter this?  Presumably some people
on this list find that Octave works a bit more than "rarely".



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