My name is Trevor Law and I (in general) need an application for analyzing simulation data. I find Python easier to work with than Octave (due to experience), but am not sure if I should be concerned about differences in how floating-point arithmetic is handled. The Python
documentation is not very specific but seems to indicate the implementation is that of the underlying machine/compiler. I suppose I would like to know if Octave does something different, and if it is significant. As a rough gauge of what "significant" means, my supervisor
told me that since we will be adding noise to the simulation data anyway (we are simulating extracellular neuron potentials to test a classifier), I really do not need to worry much about machine floating point issues.