I don't particularly like MATLAB. Licensing is always a pain and it seems like there's very little that it can do that SciPy/NumPy/Pandas can't do better at this point. It's great for checking your work if you're taking a linear algebra course though. This page is used to track like-minded opinions, as well as to track methods for weening researchers off of it and onto scientific Python, which currently seems to be the best supported alternative (Julia seems to suffer from being overly ambitious in its scope, and doesn't seem to have gained widespread adoption).
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