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    • ISSN: 1793-8201 (Print), 2972-4511 (Online)
    • Abbreviated Title: Int. J. Comput. Theory Eng.
    • Frequency: Quarterly
    • DOI: 10.7763/IJCTE
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Prof. Mehmet Sahinoglu
Computer Science Department, Troy University, USA
I'm happy to take on the position of editor in chief of IJCTE. We encourage authors to submit papers concerning any branch of computer theory and engineering.

IJCTE 2018 Vol.10(3): 67-72 ISSN: 1793-8201
DOI: 10.7763/IJCTE.2018.V10.1201

A Comparative Study of Numerical Analysis Packages

Kamran Shaukat, Fatima Tahir, Umar Iqbal, and Sidra Amjad

Abstract—Numerical Analysis packages provide a convenient command line that helps in solving several mathematical problems and experiments. Matrix laboratory (MATLAB) is the most popular numerical analysis package all around the world. Some other open source numerical packages such as GNU Octave, FREEMAT and SCILAB are also available in the market and are similar to MATLAB. The focus here is on, which is the best numerical package that provides best performance, availability in different operating system, good interoperability and less hardware specification? This study presents a comparison of MATLAB, GNU Octave, FREEMAT and SCILAB based on different. Hardware specifications and operating support were also considered. After performing the comparison, we conclude that MATLAB and GNU Octave have the best execution, Octave proves to be finest in term of operating system support as it is supported in most of the operating systems. In hardware specification, FREEMAT itself does not seem to use much memory and can run on systems with minimum 1 GB RAM. All packages give satisfactory result based on interoperability.

Index Terms—MATLAB, numerical packages, numerical analysis software, octave.

Kamran Shaukat, Fatima Tahir, Umar Iqbal, and Sidra Amjad are with the Department of Information Technology, University of the Punjab Jhelum Campus, Jhelum, Pakistan (e-mail:,,


Cite:Kamran Shaukat, Fatima Tahir, Umar Iqbal, and Sidra Amjad, "A Comparative Study of Numerical Analysis Packages," International Journal of Computer Theory and Engineering vol. 10, no. 3, pp. 67-72, 2018.

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