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Mathematica vs MATLAB

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Mathematica is a computational software program used in many scientific, engineering, mathematical and computing fields, based on symbolic mathematics. It was conceived by Stephen Wolfram and is developed by Wolfram Research of Champaign, Illinois. The Wolfram Language is the programming language used in Mathematica. –Editor's choicemore
MATLAB (matrix laboratory) is a multi-paradigm numerical computing environment and fourth-generation programming language. Developed by MathWorks, MATLAB allows matrix manipulations, plotting of functions and data, implementation of algorithms, creation of user interfaces, and interfacing with programs written in other languages, including C, C++, Java, and Fortran. –Editor's choicemore
Good sides
(advantages, pros)
Powerful language, Great name conventions, Multiple programming paradigms, Some code can be compiled, Strong symbolic computation, Good visualization library [Add newAdd new]
Its basic data element is the matrix, Vectorized operations, Graphical output is optimized for interaction, Basic functionality can be expanded using toolboxes [Add newAdd new]
Bad sides
(disadvantages, cons)
Steep learning curve, Costly extensions, Slow interpretor, Modular code hard to write, Unusable OOP [Add newAdd new]
Uses a large amount of memory, Hard to use on slow computers, Real-time applications are complicated [Add newAdd new]
Developer(s)Wolfram ResearchMathWorks
Initial releaseJune 23, 1988 (1988-06-23)1984; 30 years ago (1984)
Stable release9.0.1 (January 30, 2013 (2013-01-30)) 8.3 / 2014
Preview releaseNon None
Written inWolfram Language, C/C++, Java and MathematicaC, C++, Java, MATLAB
PlatformCross-platform (list)IA-32, x86-64
LicenseProprietaryProprietary commercial software product page
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