An Introduction to Matlab

In many professions, you need programming skills. This book introduces you to a program called. Matlab, which is one of the most popular choices for quantitative analysis in fields such as engineering, statistics, economics/finance, and artificial intelligence, to name a few. It will give you the tools to get started whether you ...
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An Introduction to Matlab

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An Introduction to Matlab

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An Introduction to Matlab

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1 Introduction

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1.1

Preliminaries and a map of the book

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Features of Matlab

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The Desktop

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3

Some basics of using Matlab

3.1

The order of precedence

3.2

Some algebraic functions, special characters, and tips

3.3

The syntax of functions

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3.4 Variables

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3.5

Different types of variables

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A note on interpretation and error messages

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3.7

How Matlab “searches for meaning”

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360° thinking

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Matrices, vectors and scalars

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4.1

Creating matrices

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4.2

Addressing parts of matrices

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4.3

Changing parts of a matrix

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4.4

Some special commands for handling matrices

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4.5

The Workspace Browser and the Variable Editor

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4.6

More about matrices

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5 Mathematical operations with matrices

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5.1

Functions that operate element-by-element

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5.2

Elementary mathematical functions that operate columnwise

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5.3

Matrix algebra

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Importing and exporting data

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6.1

The Current Folder

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6.2

Problems with importing formatted data

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6.3

Preparing data to import

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6.4

Copy-and-paste importing

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6.5

Importing using the Import Wizard

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Importing using commands

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