R vs Matlab vs Python

Background

This post is planned to be an ongoing thought process. I’ve used Matlab when doing my MSc in Intelligent Systems and Robotics at De Montfort University Centre for Computational Intelligence. When I started using it I thought ‘wow this is cutting edge’ and enjoyed using it (apart from constant alt-tab between windows). So far I’ve used Matlab for:

  • Developing (and teaching) Fuzzy Log, both GUI and code
  • Developing (and teaching) Artificial Neural Networks (Perceptron, Pattern Net, etc) using the KDD 1999 Network Data
  • Robotics Simulation (iRobot Create)

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Python for Data Analytics

Over the summer I’ve been using Python for Machine Learning (ML), specifically state representation of an Atari 2600 game emulator. The project initially started with looking at this paper [1] which developed agents using Theano which then lead to me using the Anaconda Python package.

The package is great as it comes ready with everything most people would need to get started in Data Analysis and ML. As an example it comes ready with…

  • Python 2.7 (3.x also available)
  • NumPy
  • Pandas
  • Matlibplot
  • Scikit Learn
  • iPython Notebook

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