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I need a guideline to learn MATLAB faster

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Sohail
Sohail on 30 Jul 2011
Commented: Matt Tearle on 6 Jul 2016
I am a new learner of MATLAB kindly sir give me a guideline to learn MATLAB faster.
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Jan
Jan on 30 Jul 2011
@Paulo: You are right. The matrix oriented design of Matlab is easier to understand with a knowledge of vector algebra. It will take longer than a week to be familiar with the object oriented methods, if you never worked with OO before.

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Paulo Silva
Paulo Silva on 30 Jul 2011
No warranty about learning faster but the tutorials do help, the documentation is awesome and you should use it and learn by yourself.
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Jan
Jan on 30 Jul 2011
The documentation has some limitations, e.g. MPOWER(scalar, matrix) is not explained sufficiently. Without deeper education in signal processing the Signal Processing Toolbox has a limited use only. The different filters are described well, but if you do not know, what you are searching for, there is no chance to solve a scientific problem. Nevertheless, it was not the interntion of the documentation to replace WikiPedia and the necessary lessons at the university. Therefore I agree with your estimation "awsome". Most of all if the M-source codes of the toolbox functions are taken as advanced examples. +1

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Image Analyst
Image Analyst on 30 Jul 2011
Found this on the Link Exchange. http://www.mathworks.com/matlabcentral/linkexchange/links/2920-learn-matlab-in-30-minutes Maybe you might give it a shot.
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Image Analyst
Image Analyst on 31 Jul 2011
Jan: I have no idea - I didn't actually try the link myself, I just threw it out there for whatever it's worth (which apparently is not much). Honestly, I have yet to see code that's as explicit and well documented as my own, and the quality of what's posted in the File Exchange is usually way below my standards. The authors' algorithms may be good but almost always they write cryptic, hard -to-follow code with few if any comments. I'm sure you'd agree. Apparently it does take more than 30 minutes to learn, and some people never learn to write robust, maintainable, well documented code even after decades. I hope none of those people ever go to work for Boeing or Airbus, or a medical equipment manufacturer, or a nuclear power plant.
Jan
Jan on 31 Jul 2011
@Image Analyst: You do know, that programmers with limited skill are working in sensitive areas. They let the ArianeV explode by confusing DOUBLE values and FLOAT overflow values - an epic 2.0e9 $ fault. A German health insurance had developped a new software, which solved all tests for a data set of 100 patients. To the big surprise of the managers it was absolutely impossible to expand the data base to 5.000.000 patients, because the fundamental concept resulted in an exponential growth of the latency. 25e6 $ burnt.
The list of dilettantish software tragedies could fill some books, but I stop here. My conclusion is, that a software can never replace savvy and common sense.

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Jan
Jan on 30 Jul 2011
  • Read the "Getting Started" chapters in the documentation. They are designed to assist newcomers.
  • Read the help and doc texts whenever you have difficulties with a specific command.
  • Use the debugger if problems occur. See "doc debug".
  • Read the error messages twice. They contain important information
  • Avoid common pitfalls: Read the FAQ before the problems have a chance to occur. Most of all:
  • Do not use names, which contain indices like A1, A2, A3, ... Better use e.g. a cell array A{1}, A{2}, A{3}, because you can access it using an index.
  • You do not need EVAL - it produces just troubles. The only exception is getting numerical values for symbolic expressions. But for all other cases: Use a better EVAL-free solution.
  • Do not expect 0.3 - 0.2 - 0.1 to be zero. Floating point values have a limited precision, such that -2.776e-17 is not wrong.

Andrew
Andrew on 30 Jul 2011

deep
deep on 30 Jul 2011
where is the documentation..??
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Paulo Silva
Paulo Silva on 30 Jul 2011
http://www.mathworks.com/help/techdoc/
Jan
Jan on 30 Jul 2011
@deep: And locally on your computer, typing "help" in the command window shows a short help, "doc" opens the full documentation. Try "help sin", "doc plot".

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Matt Tearle
Matt Tearle on 6 Jul 2016
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