GNU Octave (http://www.gnu.org/software/octave/) is a free numerical computing
environment largely compatible with Matlab.
It was started in 1992 by [[John W. Eaton]] and is used by hundreds of thousands of people worldwideas a free alternative to Matlab.
GNU Octave has an extensive core of functions useful for computations
Recent and ongoing improvements include a GUI and just-in-time compilation capabilities.
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