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    Mathematica Alternatives

    Mathematica is described as 'computational software program used widely in scientific, engineering, and mathematical fields and other areas of technical computing' and is a very popular app in the Education & Reference category. There are more than 50 alternatives to Mathematica for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac, Online / Web-based and Android. The best alternative is SageMath, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Mathematica are GNU Octave (Free, Open Source), Jupyter (Free, Open Source), R (programming language) (Free, Open Source) and Maxima (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Dec 31, 2021

    1. SageMath is a free open-source mathematics software system licensed under the GPL. It builds on top of many existing open-source packages: NumPy, SciPy, matplotlib, Sympy, Maxima, GAP, FLINT, R and many more.
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      SageMath vs Mathematica opinions
      Almost everyone thinks SageMath is a great alternative to Mathematica.
      vfrico Sage supports symbolic maths through Maxima
      Positive comment about 5 years ago

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      It can calculate many things symbolically and combines many other software packages.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      Its free and sounds capable
      Positive comment almost 3 years ago

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      Sage needs programming language skills, it doesn't support well symbolic math.
      Negative comment over 6 years ago

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    2. Octave is a computer program for performing numerical computations which is mostly compatible with MATLAB. It is part of the GNU Project. It is free software under the terms of the GNU General Public License.
      GNU Octave vs Mathematica opinions
      Most users think GNU Octave is a great alternative to Mathematica.
      Octave needs programming language skills, it doesn't support well symbolic math.
      Negative comment over 6 years ago

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    3. The Jupyter Notebook is a web application that allows you to create and share documents that contain live code, equations, visualizations and explanatory text.
      Jupyter vs Mathematica opinions
      pros, cons and recent comments
      It can run python inline and do markup work all in one system. Can be worked via network and connected to via browser (including through phone) and set up to run distributed computing systems easily. Additionally it's open source and server side runs on most major operating systems.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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    4. R is a free software environment for statistical computing and graphics.
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      R (programming language) vs Mathematica opinions
      Most users think R (programming language) is a great alternative to Mathematica.
      R is really only useful for statistics, and not even mathematical statistics.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

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    5. Maxima is a system for the manipulation of symbolic and numerical expressions, including differentiation, integration, Taylor series, Laplace transforms, ordinary differential equations, systems of linear equations, polynomials, and sets, lists, vectors, matrices, and tensors.
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      Maxima vs Mathematica opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Maxima is a great alternative to Mathematica.
      It's free. It is also smaller, so starts up fast. Runs on Android devices as well. Lot's of functionality, including symbolic and numerical operations. Symbolic operations are not as extensive as Mathematica, but adequate for many operations. Numeric operations are considerably slower than Mathematica, and numerically oriented apps such as R, Matlab or Octave.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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      I'm a theoretical physicist and I can do almost al the math I need with Mxima
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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      vfrico It does support Symbolic math, but Matlab or Octave not
      Positive comment about 5 years ago

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      MATLAB is a numerical computing environment and programming language. Maintained by The MathWorks, MATLAB allows easy matrix manipulation, plotting of functions and data, implementation of algorithms, creation of user interfaces, and interfacing with programs in other languages.
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      MATLAB vs Mathematica opinions
      This alternative is disputed. MATLAB is still a legitimate alternative to Mathematica, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      snshepherd Both are comprehensive mathematics solutions, and have very similar features, as well as even both being commercial.
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

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      Mathematica is mainly a CAS (symbolic maths), but MATLAB is more for numeric analysis
      Top negative comment  about 5 years ago

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      MATLAB is mainly for numerics
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

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      MATLAB can do symbolic math but it's far less convenient
      Negative comment almost 2 years ago

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      Mathematica is not only for numerics, its for analysis, while Matlab is primarily for numerics.
      Negative comment almost 2 years ago

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      It's numerical, not symbolic
      Negative comment over 3 years ago

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      juliocortes Mathematica is mainly for symbolic maths
      Negative comment almost 5 years ago

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    6. Julia is a high-level, high-performance dynamic programming language for technical computing, with syntax that is familiar to users of other technical computing environments.
      Julia vs Mathematica opinions
      Most users think Julia is a great alternative to Mathematica.
      It's an easy, powerful, really fast language which feels like a mix of Python and Ruby but runs like C. It comes with many mathematical functions, has a good stack of libraries for graphs (including Matplotlib as PyPlot) and can be used with the Jupyter Notebook. Still not at version 1.0, but already a great tool!
      Positive comment almost 5 years ago

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      Scilab is a scientific software package for numerical computations providing a powerful open computing environment for engineering and scientific applications.
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    7. Online math solver, equation library, graphing calculator and science/engineering problem helper.
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      Almost everyone thinks fxSolver is a great alternative to Mathematica.
    8. Spyder (previously known as Pydee) is a free open-source Python development environment providing MATLAB-like features in a simple and light-weighted software, available for Windows XP/Vista/7, GNU/Linux and Mac OS X.
      Spyder vs Mathematica opinions
      pros, cons and recent comments
      It is a development environment for Python, not a symbolic math language/software.
      Negative comment about 2 years ago

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