Re: Python from Matlab (Alain de Cheveigne )

Subject: Re: Python from Matlab
From:    Alain de Cheveigne  <>
Date:    Mon, 25 Aug 2014 09:07:41 +0200

Hi Linda, Perhaps this is a good point to take the discussion offline, as it is straying far from the scope of this auditory list? What I get from the discussion so far is: - Matlab has great qualities. - It also has some issues that Python or R might address or alleviate. - It would be great to have a smooth, efficient, reliable and secure way of calling one from the other. Alain On 25 Aug 2014, at 03:09, Linda Seltzer <lseltzer@xxxxxxxx> wrote: > Having many years of commercial DSP software experience and experience > with mathematical modeling and simulation, although I have the highest > respect and regard for those who have a different way of doing things and > who have developed software in Python, I regret that my post must present > a dissenting point of view. > > While I respect that there are persons who wish to develop code in Python, > I do not concur with the idea of abandoning Matlab or switching from > Matlab to Python. > > I worked with Python after years of experience with C and Matlab. There > were numerical bugs in Python and the lack of strong types as in C made > code more difficult to develop and debug. Visual Studio is a much more > reliable platform to develop code in a low level language and Matlab is > faster and more reliable for implementing algorithms on a general purpose > computer. > > When I worked with Python I attempted to participate in a user group > online and encountered a great deal of arrogance and outright insulting > behavior and condescension from the pretty much exclusively male group, > which led me to become further alienated from it. > > It is possible to put together algorithms within a half hour in Matlab > that would take considerably longer in Python. > > In my professional consulting work I refuse to work in Python as the > client will get more work completed per hour of expense remaining with > Matlab. I will not go near any job that requires Python programming and > will recommend against it to any client. > > Linda Seltzer

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