A Comparative Evaluation of Matlab , Octave , FreeMat , Scilab , R , and IDL on

@inproceedings{Coman2012ACE,
title={A Comparative Evaluation of Matlab , Octave , FreeMat , Scilab , R , and IDL on},
author={Ecaterina Coman and Matthew W. Brewster and Sai K. Popuri and Andrew Raim and Matthias K. Gobbert},
year={2012}
}

Matlab is the most popular commercial package for numerical computations in mathematics, statistics, the sciences, engineering, and other fields. IDL, a commercial package used for data analysis, along with the free numerical computational packages Octave, FreeMat, Scilab, and the statistical package R shares many of the same features as Matlab. They are available to download on the Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X operating systems. We investigate whether these packages are viable alternatives to… CONTINUE READING

Table 3.6: Convergence results for the test problem in IDL using the biconjugate gradient method. The tables list the mesh resolution N , the number of degrees of freedom (DOF), the finite difference norm ‖u− uh‖L∞(Ω) , the ratio of consecutive errors, and the observed wall clock time in HH:MM:SS.