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GNU Octave by Jesper Schmidt Hansen

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Chapter 1. Introducing GNU Octave

This chapter will introduce you to GNU Octave. We shall briefly discuss what GNU Octave is, its strengths and its weaknesses. You will also see GNU Octave in action; however, before this it must, of course, be installed on your computer, and we will quickly go through the installation procedure.

More specifically, in this chapter you will:

  • Get a quick introduction to GNU Octave.
  • Learn how to install GNU Octave on Windows and GNU/Linux.
  • Give GNU Octave a few commands to see it in action.
  • Customize GNU Octave.
  • Install additional packages.
  • Learn a few tricks of the trade.

GNU Octave exists for Mac/OS X, Solaris, and OS/2, but we will limit ourselves to go through the installation procedures for Windows and GNU/Linux. I strongly ...

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