Introduction, Policy, Credits
What is MATLAB?
MATLAB mather software package written by MathWorks. Quoting from their web page : "MATLAB is a high-level language and interactive environment for numerical computation, visualization, and programming."
MATLAB is a complete environment for high-level programming, as well as interactive data analysis. MATLAB excels at numerical computations, especially when dealing with vectors or matrices of data. Symbolic math is available through an add-on toolbox that uses a MuPAD kernel.
There are many add-on toolboxes that extend MATLAB to specific areas of functionality, such as statistics, finance, signal processing, image processing, bioinformatics, etc. You can find a list of toolboxes (http://www.mathworks.com/products/product_listing/index.html ) produced by MathWorks. There is also a list (http://www.mathworks.com/products/connections/ ) of some add-on products produced and sold by other companies, and some users place their own functions or collections of functions on the MATLAB Central File Exchange.
Questions about the name "MATLAB " often arise. MATLAB stands for "MATrix LABoratory".
See this overview of MATLAB .
What is this wiki about?
This wiki contains answers to questions commonly answered on the newsgroup comp.soft-sys.matlab (sometimes abbreviated cssm), which is a forum for discussing issues related to the use of MATLAB. It occasionally includes questions related to similar software packages like Octave. Any topic related to MATLAB is appropriate. Additionally, there will be occasional discussions regarding related math topics in a more abstract form.
Before posting, please skim through this document to see if your question has already been answered. If it is has not, there may be information here that may help you better understand the issue and phrase your question.
This Wiki FAQ was started in November 2010 from the Google cache of the old original Mathworks FAQ.
Original Mathworks FAQ URL (now it simply points here to this page): http://matlabwiki.mathworks.com/MATLAB_FAQ