MATLAB is a high-level and general-purpose scripting language. According to the TIOBE index, it is growing in popularity as a programming language. MATLAB is especially popular in academia among scientists and engineers because of the language versatility, online community of users, and powerful add-on toolboxes.
MATLAB is commercial software. Much of the same (or very similar) code will also run in GNU Octave or other open-source packages. This course uses MATLAB but many of the examples can also be run with GNU Octave with minor modification. A Windows OS version of GNU Octave can be obtained from SourceForge.
This same tutorial is also show in a Python programming language introduction.
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