Fantastic tool to kill engineering problems
Bin Cai | TrustRadius Reviewer
December 11, 2018

Fantastic tool to kill engineering problems

Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with MATLAB

MATLAB has been used by mostly all of the engineering programs and so it has been made available to all of the engineering computer labs to solve problems in multiple disciplines, such as product optimization design, spectrum and time series analysis of data, signal process, statistical data analysis and model formulation, and image processing.
  • A tremendous collection of functions (mathematics, statistic, financial, etc) have already integrated into MATLAB and free to use for all of the users no matter what type of license users have
  • MATLAB Toolbox is pretty powerful. Its GUI interface helps users visualize solutions directly and can generate editable MATLAB code easily for future use.
  • MATLAB tutorials are everywhere (online video tutorials, forums, and seminars) and are easy to find. Documentation from MATLAB itself is also clear to follow with few sample questions.
  • Although MATLAB language is easy to learn and use, there is still limited interaction between MATLAB and other widely-used programming languages such as Python. Would like to see a language convertor that can convert MATLAB language into other ones.
  • It takes much RAM and memory of a computer when processing data in MATLAB, which definitely slows the computational speed.
  • To generate an animation for a parametric study, it would take lots of efforts to write the code or proceed with a specified GUI. With some experience with mathematical, I feel mathematical is even easier to use although I was quite new to it at that time.
  • I have been using MATLAB in most of my research projects, coursework or course projects. It helps me complete those projects and solve problems too.
  • Since I am an education license subscriber, there are no extra fees for me to buy the product or the MATLAB Toolbox.
MATLAB has a very large database of embedded functions and it is continually growing. Graphics processing is much easier than other similar product for beginners (such as Jupyter notebook and Python). Although it is not an open-source language, lots of learning materials and user-defined functions are available online and can be easily downloaded to use.
MATLAB is very suitable for educational use, such as to test new algorithms, to simulate/optimize product design, and to analyze large sets of data. However, installing MATLAB needs a large amount of space in a computer, and using it to process data, which is the most popular feature, also consumes large memory/RAM in a computer. Users would need to configure the computer before installing it on the computer.