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Why use MATLAB?

Key differentiators & advantages of MATLAB

  • Get Results Faster: Through contextual hints, automatic code generation and a fully integrated debugger, the program helps users get to their results more quickly and spend less time on programming and troubleshooting.
  • Analyze with Less Code: Users can teach the platform to perform tasks such as training machine learning models or labeling data, letting it generate the code to reproduce their work and saving them time. 
  • Add-Ons For Every Application: While the core platform has many features and uses, users can customize and extend its functionality through the MATLAB family of add-on products to address their specific needs.
  • Scale Up to Big Data: Users can scale their analyses to process big data by running on clusters, GPUs and clouds, speeding up computation on large data sets without needing to rewrite their code or learn big data programming. 
  • Updates and Upgrades: According to MathWorks, MATLAB runs code more than twice as fast as it did two years ago, due to continual updates and new features on the platform, as well as twice-yearly new releases.
  • Access Anywhere: For on-the-go access and convenience, customers can use MATLAB by signing in to the Online platform from any standard web browser, without needing to download and install the application on new machines. Cloud storage and integration enable users to sync their files between their computers and Online platform, eliminating the need for manual upload or download. 
  • Enhanced Collaboration: With interactive controls, online sharing and publishing, users can share scripts and files with others directly or publish their work to the web for easy collaboration with anyone. Users can package or translate their analysis for other platforms, or document their work and export it to reports for sharing.
  • Free Trial: All prospective customers can receive a free 30-day trial of MATLAB by submitting their email address on the vendor’s website. Students whose schools have a campus license can access a free copy of the software without the 30-day trial limitation.

Industry Expertise

Recognized as a 2020 Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Data Science and Machine Learning, MATLAB empowers a wide variety of industries in the research and development of AI-driven systems, including medical devices, communications, risk management, transportation, biological sciences, energy production, neuroscience, electronics, aerospace and defense, technology, software and electrical engineering. The vendor, MathWorks, is a leading developer of fundamental tools mathematical computing.

Key Features

  • Data Import: MATLAB can import and access many types of data, including text files, spreadsheets, images, audio, video, scientific data formats, IoT data, large data sets and more. 
  • Algorithm Development: Users can develop algorithms with thousands of core mathematical, engineering and scientific functions and tools for debugging, implementing and optimizing their algorithms. 
  • Automate with Machine Learning: Interactive apps let users see how their algorithms work with data and then tweak until they get the results they want. Then, the platform automatically generates a MATLAB program to reproduce or automate their work. 
  • Live Editor: An interactive editor that helps users build functions and generate code, creating scripts that can be enhanced with formatting. These scripts and results can be compiled into an executable notebook. Users can explore parameters and immediately see the results, saving time.
  • Data Analysis: With thousands of prebuilt functions for statistical analysis, machine learning and signal processing, the solution can analyze large data sets and big data in a multitude of ways.
  • Data Visualization: Users can turn their data into graphics with prebuilt 2D and 3D plots, including line plots, histograms, bar graphs, scatter plots, pie charts, word clouds, maps, polar plots, vector fields and animations.
  • Mathematics: The platform provides a vast library of mathematical functions, including linear algebra, statistics, Fourier analysis, numerical integration, differential equations and more to help in mathematical calculations.
  • Modeling: MATLAB supports numeric and symbolic modeling and provides mathematical tools like curve fitting, statistics, ODE and PDE solving, calculus and more. It also integrates with another MathWorks product, Simulink, to support model-based design, multi-domain simulation and automatic code generation.
  • Teach with Live Scripts: Teachers can create engaging lectures that walk students through explanations, math equations and results, one section at a time. Users can modify their code on the fly to demonstrate how to use math to solve complex problems. Live scripts built with MATLAB code can let students explore concepts and learn on their own.
  • App Designer: Users can create professional desktop and web apps without needing all the technical know-how of app development. In the platform’s integrated environment, they can lay out a graphical user interface through drag-and-drop tools and write the coding for the app’s behavior with an integrated editor and code analyzer that warns users about their code as they write it. Creators can then package and share their apps with other users, even if they don’t have MATLAB.
  • Community Gallery: Users can visit the plot gallery and live script gallery on MATLAB’s website to see examples of how to display and manipulate data from the community.
  • Programming Integrations: MATLAB supports interfacing with other programming languages. Through engine APIs that support C/C++, Fortran, Java, Python and more, users can use the platform from within another programming environment without starting a new desktop session of MATLAB. From within MATLAB, users can call functions and objects from other libraries, including C, C++, Java, Python, .NET, COM objects and more. Algorithms written in MATLAB code can be converted to C/C++.
  • Add-Ons: The MATLAB family of add-on products provide toolboxes and specialized solutions for fields such as math and optimizations, statistics and data science, code generation, application deployment, database access and reporting. One such tool, the Report Generator, integrates automated reporting into MATLAB with richly-formatted custom reports in PDF, Word and HTML formats. These toolboxes are professionally built, rigorously tested and fully documented. 
  • MATLAB Online: Through their cloud-based service, users can access the platform from any web browser without downloading and installing the software. 
  • MATLAB Drive: Users can store, manage and share files from the cloud across their devices and work with their files from anywhere.
  • Mobile App: Users can connect to MATLAB sessions, acquire sensor data to analyze, capture images and videos and learn and teach from their iOS and Android devices.

Limitations

Some of MATLAB’s limitations at the time of this product page’s publication include:
  • Steep learning curve, challenging for programming novices, requires training and tutorials to use
  • Resource-heavy software takes up much storage and memory, especially with add-ons and toolkits
  • Proprietary programming language is not open-source, compared to R or Python
  • Costs can add up

Matlab Suite Support

New product licenses include a one-year subscription to the MathWorks Software Maintenance Service, which includes technical support via phone, email and the website, the latest upgrades to the platform, access to online and cloud offerings and the ability to purchase add-ons. Users will need to renew their subscription to this service yearly.

Worldwide technical support is available in 10 languages. Users should refer to the support page on MathWorks’ website for more information about accessing technical support in their region.

mail_outlineEmail: Eligible users can access technical support by email after signing in to their MathWorks account.
phonePhone: For users in the United States, technical phone support is available by calling 508-647-7000 during office hours, which are 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. EST Monday through Friday.
schoolTraining: MATLAB provides an e-learning platform called Onramp that helps users learn the basics of MATLAB, Simulink, machine learning, deep learning and Stateflow for free with video tutorials, hands-on exercises with automated feedback and lessons available in multiple languages. MathWorks also provides an extensive library of online help resources in the form of documentation, examples, functions, apps, videos and a Q&A forum called “Answers.”

Users interested in further training can build their skills with self-paced or instructor-led paid courses in many different fields and areas of expertise, available for purchase from the vendor.
local_offerTickets: Users can create service requests after signing in to their MathWorks account.