Plot Something, Redux

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Plot Something, Redux

Postby Wafath on Mon Jul 20, 2009 1:48 pm

Ok, Given that Excel isn't the right tool to plot something (except when you are lazy, or it is convenient, or ..., what is the right tool these days? Matlab? GnuPlot? Something Else?

When I was a student, I used Mathematica, and prior to that a proprietary tool written by and for the physics department that did linear regression and handled error-bars nicely. At work we use a an in-house tool that handles nicely 100,000 to 10 million points nicely, but doesn't have anything else going for it.

So what do "real" engineers use these days?

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Re: Plot Something, Redux

Postby towr on Tue Jul 21, 2009 5:52 am

Some of the people in our AI department use R, it has some good options for statistical analysis (which is useful in the cognitive modeling they do, to compare real and artificial behaviour).
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Re: Plot Something, Redux

Postby Javelin on Wed Jul 22, 2009 4:42 pm

A .csv file and a perl PHP script.
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Re: Plot Something, Redux

Postby damp_dave on Sat Jul 25, 2009 8:34 pm

Matlab, mostly, for us. I have also used "xmgrace" for a couple of things, "grads" for some stuff that was more appropriate than that, and yes even Excel for a couple of things. Matlab and Grads are ones that I've picked up more recently, Grace and Excel were longer ago. There was one graphing tool that I used longer ago than that, but I am forgetting the name of it.

For Grace and Excel, the data required some shell hackery to get everything put together well enough. I'd probably use Perl for that nowadays.

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