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Re: octave to matlab conversion

From: A S Hodel
Subject: Re: octave to matlab conversion
Date: Sat, 8 Oct 2005 03:40:21 -0500

On Oct 7, 2005, at 8:23 PM, Joe Koski wrote:

My opinion is that the perfect mat2oct or oct2mat converter (other than a knowledgeable human) will never exist because of major differences between the MATLAB toolboxes and octave-forge. There will never be a good one-to-one
equivalency. Both collections will continue to have their strengths and

I firmly agree with Joe here. MATLAB and Octave are both moving targets. How many people have upgraded from Matlab 4 to 5, 5 to 6, and 6 to 7, only to discover that some formerly functional m-files or compiled mex-functions have to be rewritten? Even in Octave, we see changes from time to time (e.g., deprecation of gset). If such a converter were written, it would require regular maintenance as features are added to the two systems.

I use Octave and MATLAB when teaching my classes in electrical engineering. With the aid of Octave-forge, I am able to write scripts that will work in both systems. Nevertheless, at some point in a given project one may need to make a commitment to one or the other. That's where the strengths and weaknesses discussed above come into play.

A S Hodel, Associate Professor,

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