Should I get Matlab or Mathematica or ?

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg2865] Should I get Matlab or Mathematica or ?*From*: doug at sun1paztcn.wr.usgs.gov (Doug Wellington)*Date*: Sat, 30 Dec 1995 01:02:05 -0500*Organization*: The University of Arizona

I am in the market for a math program to do some simulations with. I want a general purpose tool that will let me do algebra and calculus as well as working with signal processing. I also have interests in fuzzy logic and neural nets, chaos, fractals, etc... I have seen a nice package called "Calculus and Mathematica" that makes me think Mathematica is a nice expandable program, but then I have seem some DSP work that is done with Matlab. Some of the people here at The University of Arizona swear by both MathCad and Maple... Unfortunately, though, nobody seems to be able to give me any qualitative reason "why" though... So, anybody have any suggestions? I'm looking for the whys - it seems as if all of these programs are "professional" level tools - so I want to find out what really separates them. And of course, if anyone can point out other possibilities, I'm open to them too... I'm working with an Intel based computer - I routinely switch between Win3.1, WinNT and Linux, as well as my ole' friend DOS, so I'll go where ever the software works... Thanks, -Doug Doug Wellington welling at usgs.gov doug at sun1paztcn.wr.usgs.gov System and Network Administrator US Geological Survey Tucson, AZ Project Office (602) 670-6821 x26 According to proposed Federal guidelines, this message is a "non-record". Hmm, I wonder if _everything_ I say is a "non-record"...