If you don’t know about Octave, it’s new to you.

Octave is a high level language and real time compiler, all nicely contained into a single package. It’s free and well documented.

I use it to:

  • Run functions against relatively small datasets.
  • Rapidly visualize complex functions fitted against that data.
  • Answer questions that I’m not going to have to answer repeatedly.

I use Octave to prototype and check functions quickly, and move on into the heavier languages to the repeatable bits.

If you don’t have SPSS or the upfront patience for R, Octave is a pretty good quick start language.

Check out Octave.


I’m Christopher Berry.
I tweet about analytics @cjpberry
I write at christopherberry.ca