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GNU Octave

High-level language for numerical computations.

Octave is a high-level interpreted language that is specialized for numerical computations. It can be used for both linear and non-linear applications and it provides great support for visualizing results. Work may be performed both at the interactive command-line as well as via script files.

N.B. The Octave language is quite similar to that of proprietary Matlab so that most programs are easily portable. There is support for editing both in Emacs.






Selection from the FSF shop

Free as in Freedom 2.0, by Richard Stallman

Introduction to the Command Line

Helping the GNU Project and the Free Software Movement

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"IRC general" IRC general channel

Related Projects

Extensions, plug-ins, or add-ons for this program

Collection of routines for the creation and manipulation of non-uniform rational b-splines (nurbs)non-uniform rational B-splines for Octavehttp://octave.sourceforge.net/nurbs
Communications package for octavecommunications package for Octavehttp://octave.sourceforge.net/communications
Computational geometry for octavegeometric computing functions for Octavehttp://octave.sourceforge.net/geometry/
Control package for octavecontrol functions for Octave from Octave-Forgehttp://octave.sourceforge.net/control
dataframeData manipulation toolbox similar to r data.framehttp://octave.sourceforge.net/dataframe/



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Leaders and contributors

John W. Eaton Maintainer
Rik contributor
Markus Muetzel contributor
Torsten contributor
Mike Miller (Mtmiller)contributor

Resources and communication

AudienceResource typeURI
Debian (Ref)https://tracker.debian.org/pkg/octave
Debian (Ref) (R)https://tracker.debian.org/pkg/octave-nan
Mailing Listhttps://lists.gnu.org/mailman/listinfo/octave-bug-tracker/
Mailing Listhttps://lists.gnu.org/mailman/listinfo/help-octave/
Debian (Ref) (R)https://tracker.debian.org/pkg/octave-missing-functions
Mailing Listhttps://lists.gnu.org/mailman/listinfo/octave-task-tracker/
Mailing Listhttps://lists.gnu.org/mailman/listinfo/gnu-system-discuss/
Debian (Ref) (R)https://tracker.debian.org/pkg/octave-miscellaneous
Mailing Listhttps://lists.gnu.org/mailman/listinfo/octave-patch-tracker/
R (Ref) (R)https://cran.r-project.org/web/packages/matlab/
Debian (Ref) (R)https://tracker.debian.org/pkg/octave-general
Mailing Listhttps://lists.gnu.org/mailman/listinfo/octave-buildbot/
Savannah (Ref)https://savannah.gnu.org/projects/octave/
Mailing Listhttps://lists.gnu.org/mailman/listinfo/octave-maintainers/
VCS Repository Webviewhttps://hg.savannah.gnu.org/hgweb/octave/

Software prerequisites

Weak prerequisitegnuplot
Required to buildmake
Required to buildg++
Required to buildlibstdc++
Required to buildfortran
Weak prerequisiteless

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 16 March 2019.


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