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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.



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Genium, Mertgor, craigt

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14 April 2023

Leaders and contributors

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

Resources and communication

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

Software prerequisites

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


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