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MATLAB vs Matplotlib: What are the differences?
What is MATLAB? A high-level language and interactive environment for numerical computation, visualization, and programming. Using MATLAB, you can analyze data, develop algorithms, and create models and applications. The language, tools, and built-in math functions enable you to explore multiple approaches and reach a solution faster than with spreadsheets or traditional programming languages, such as C/C++ or Java.
What is Matplotlib? A plotting library for the Python programming language. It is a Python 2D plotting library which produces publication quality figures in a variety of hardcopy formats and interactive environments across platforms. It can be used in Python scripts, the Python and IPython shells, the Jupyter notebook, web application servers, and four graphical user interface toolkits.
MATLAB can be classified as a tool in the "Languages" category, while Matplotlib is grouped under "Charting Libraries".
Pros of MATLAB
- Functions, statements, plots, directory navigation easy5
- Model based software development4
- Simple variabel control1
- Solve invertible matrix1
Pros of Matplotlib
- The standard Swiss Army Knife of plotting10
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Cons of MATLAB
- Parameter-value pairs syntax to pass arguments clunky2
- Doesn't allow unpacking tuples/arguments lists with *2
- Does not support named function arguments2
Cons of Matplotlib
- Lots of code5