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This page is intended to help people evaluate the benefits of some commercial packages against Python+NumPy+SciPy+Matplotlib+IPython (PyLab) for scientific computing. This is done by listing the advantages of PyLab and its disadvantages compared to other packages. Basic functionality is similar enough that the detailed stylistic differences are not necessary to document here.

PyLab Advantages

PyLab Disadvantages (compared with MATLAB)

PyLab Disadvantages (compared with Maple)

PyLab Disadvantages (compared with Mathematica)

Some of these deficiencies are expected to be remedied by packages now in development. See PyLabAwaits

User testimony on comparing the MatLab/PyLab comparison.

See also NumPyProConDiscussion for a more free-form page.

SciPy: NumPyProConPage (last edited 2015-10-24 17:48:26 by anonymous)