
From:  Quentin Spencer 
Subject:  Re: How does Octave shine? 
Date:  Wed, 20 Sep 2006 20:56:42 0500 
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Jordi Gutierrez Hermoso wrote:
On 20/09/06, Cameron Laird <address@hidden> wrote:What shows Octave off to best advantage for a Matlabusing audience?I can think of a couple of enhancements I particularly enjoy: 1) "Better" syntax. By this I generally mean that I find Octave just slightly more readable in that allows for some mostly cosmetic enhancements like endfunction, endfor, or endif instead of just a plain end.
I forgot about syntax differences. My favorite syntax enhancements are the Cstyle ++ += *= and /= operators. Another one is the ability to index the output of an expression. Suppose you wanted to find the median value of 101 random variables (ignoring that octave has a median function). In octave, you can do this:
y = sort(rand(1,101))(51); In Matlab, this is a syntax error and requires two steps: x=sort(rand(1,101)); y = x(51); Quentin
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