Installing Octave 3.6.4 on Windows 8

Octave 3.6.4 Installation on Windows 8.
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DT066 Engineering Computing Module

Introduction

MATLAB is an incredibly powerful tool for engineers, not just for number crunching solutions to specific problems, but as an aid to creativity. MATLAB power users sometimes talk about it feeling almost like an extension of their brain. Even for a dyed in the wool C programmer like me, it’s really useful to sketch out algorithms in MATLAB before implementing them in C. MATLAB’s notation for manipulating arrays is wonderfully concise and the ability to visualise data sets at the drop of a hat using its graphing tools really helps the creative process.

The main problem with MATLAB is that its a proprietary platform and even the student version comes with a hefty price tag. This is where Octave comes in – it’s basically an open source implementation of the MATLAB language. There are other free alternatives, like Scilab and FreeMat, but Octave seems to be the…

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