New FreeMat 4 User Guide

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This week the FreeMat project released an user guide entitled “The FreeMat Primer 4.0″.


In case you did not know, FreeMat is:

… a free environment for rapid engineering and scientific prototyping and data processing. It is similar to commercial systems such as MATLAB from Mathworks, and IDL from Research Systems, but is Open Source. FreeMat is available under the GPL license.

FreeMat 4 interface in Linux

The manual is a PDF with 218 pages that offers a great introduction to FreeMat at the beginner level. The document’s authors are Gary Schafer and Timothy Cyders.  Gary Schafer wrote the original document for personal use. It is distributed under the GNU Free Documentation License.

The manual covers FreeMat 4 for Linux and Windows.  This is the list of general topics:

  • Using with Freemat v4.0 Documentation
  • Topic 1: Working with Freemat
  • Topic 2: Working with Math
  • Topic 3: Matrices & Arrays
  • Topic 4: Scripts & Functions
  • Topic 5: Flow Control
  • Topic 6: Graphs & Plots
  • Topic 7: Working with WAV Files
  • Topic 8: The Frequency Domain
  • Topic 9: Basic Numerical Methods
  • Appendix A: Special Function to Resize Plots with Titles and
  • Appendix B: The Histogram Function

As mentioned above, the manual has 218 pages, so there are a lot of subtopics and screenshots.

Instructors may find that the guide is very appropriate as complementary teaching material for a first course in numerical analysis.

Yo may download the document here: “The FreeMat Primer 4.0″
FreeMat’s home page: FreeMat

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