The Octave homepage gives the following description of Octave.

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GNU Octave is a high-level language, primarily intended for numerical computations. It provides a convenient command line interface for solving linear and nonlinear problems numerically, and for performing other numerical experiments using a language that is mostly compatible with Matlab. It may also be used as a batch-oriented language.

Octave has extensive tools for solving common numerical linear algebra problems, finding the roots of nonlinear equations, integrating ordinary functions, manipulating polynomials, and integrating ordinary differential and differential-algebraic equations. It is easily extensible and customizable via user-defined functions written in Octave's own language, or using dynamically loaded modules written in C++, C, Fortran, or other languages.

GNU Octave is also freely redistributable software. You may redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL) as published by the Free Software Foundation.

The main author and father of Octave is John W. Eaton and by now many other make substantial contributions. Since Octave is free software you are encouraged to help make Octave more useful by writing and contributing additional functions for it, and by reporting any problems you may have.

OctConf2017 at the CERN, Geneva

At the Octave Conference in Geneva on March 20-22, 2017 I presented a simple application of Octave being used to develop 16bit code for micro controllers. Find the slides and codes in the directory OctConf2017.

Lecture Notes for the Octave class at BFH-TI

Documentation and local files


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April 1, 1999 by Andreas.Stahel@bfh.ch