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MATLAB is a commercial programming language and environment for numerical computations. Numeric arrays are its primary data type. MATLAB gives easy access to a wide range of efficient numeric algorithms, visualization techniques, and domain-specific extensions (“toolboxes”).
MATLAB may be of particular interest to students taking courses in numerical methods, digital signal processing, image processing, statistical methods and bioinformatics. A brief intoduction to MATLAB is given at the end of the Unix Tools course (which is open to all students).
The University has a “Total Academic Headcount (Student Option)” site licence for MATLAB, Simulink (and various extensions), which is available to all registered students and staff. This license permits not only on-campus use, but also use on home and laptop computers privately owned by registered students or staff.
The student licence covers the following products:
- Bioinformatics Toolbox
- Control System Toolbox
- Curve Fitting Toolbox
- DSP System Toolbox
- Data Acquisition Toolbox
- Image Processing Toolbox
- Instrument Control Toolbox
- Optimization Toolbox
- Parallel Computing Toolbox
- Signal Processing Toolbox
- Simulink Control Design
- Statistics Toolbox
- Symbolic Math Toolbox
- Wavelet Toolbox
The licences allow us to install both 32 and 64-bit versions, on Microsoft Windows, Apple OSX and Linux.
Download the appropriate ISO 9660 image for burning onto a DVD:
For more information:
During the installation, you will be asked to set up an account with Mathworks in order to gain access to the software. Register with your @cam.ac.uk email address.
The Activation key you will need is: 10884-75670-89882-74755-93206
- Research license for Computer Laboratory staff and graduate students (additional packages)
- MATLAB information at the Department of Engineering
- Non-commercial alternatives: Octave, R, SciPy, Julia