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Matlab

A method of charging you licensing fees to use the CPU you already bought

MATLAB; A programming language designed for heavy numerical computation, but variably well designed for that.

Like R, it is a mess, as a programming language. Like R, it is powerful. Unlike R, it is expensive.

Unless you have compelling reasons, you should probably jsut be using julia which is free and faster in my experience, and looks very similar.

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