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faq:can_i_use_octave_instead_of_matlab [2017/08/17 11:21] (current)
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 +===== Can I use Octave instead of MATLAB? =====
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 +From the [[http://​www.gnu.org/​software/​octave|Octave]] website: //"GNU Octave is a high-level interpreted language, primarily intended for numerical computations... The Octave language is quite similar to Matlab so that most programs are easily portable."//​
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 +There are quite some people interested in this, mainly because Octave provides a free alternative to MATLAB. We do FieldTrip development in MATLAB and do all our own analyses in Matlab. Parts of the code (e.g. the plotting functions) are written in a way that is rather MATLAB specific. However, the core computations that you can do with FieldTrip can in principle also be performed using Octave. ​
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 +Some people have reported that Octave works fine for them, although we don't have precise details on what works and what not. 
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 +Relevant is that Octave 3.4.0 is much faster on matrix operations than previous versions and has an improved compatibility with scripts and functions that have been written for MATLAB.
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 +On the email discussion list there is a [[http://​mailman.science.ru.nl/​pipermail/​fieldtrip/​2010-December/​003339.html|relevant thread]] that you might find interesting.
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