Date: Fri, 16 Jun 2006 15:29:57 -0700
Reply-To: Daqing Zhao <dlouiszhao@GMAIL.COM>
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From: Daqing Zhao <dlouiszhao@GMAIL.COM>
Subject: Re: Compare SAS and MatLab?
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Thanks very much for the advice. They are very helpful.
Have a nice weekend!
On 6/15/06, Wensui Liu <email@example.com> wrote:
> If you simply compare stat toolbox in matlab with stat/SAS, I totally
> agree with you that SAS is much better than matlab. However,
> 1) it is much easy to do generic programming and write your own
> functions in matlab. There is no comparison between writing SAS macro
> and writing functions in matlab.
> 2) it is very easy to create high-quality chart in matlab. The chart
> quality in matlab is comparable with the one created by S+/R.
> 3) if you are using neural net, the functions provoded by Eminer/SAS
> is not even close to the neuralnet toolbox in matlab.
> 4) in tems of price, I think matlab is much cheaper than SAS.
> On 6/15/06, John Horne <John.Horne@insightsnow.com> wrote:
> > D'Oh, I replied to Eric, not the group -- by bad --
> > I have to chime in and agree with Eric B. Whenever I have a complex
> > problem involving matrix algebra, I tend to turn to MatLab, but I'm far
> > more likely to use SAS for everyday statistical problems. The addition
> > of anovan (and its ability to handle nested designs) is a big recent
> > improvement to MatLab's toolbox, but the statistical tools in SAS still
> > far outsurpass those in MatLab.
> > SAS is also better at automation as it seamlessly integrates with .Net
> > architecture -- something MatLab is still working on. MatLab's
> > programming language is nevertheless easy to use and understand -- if
> > you have a strong matrix algebra background -- so like Eric, I say get
> > both.
> > Cheers! John
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: SAS(r) Discussion [mailto:SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On Behalf Of
> > Eric B
> > Sent: Thursday, June 15, 2006 8:17 AM
> > To: SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
> > Subject: Re: Compare SAS and MatLab?
> > I agree, MATLAB is a great product, but in my opinion it completely
> > depends on what your doing.
> > If your doing any "mathematical" type problems (i.e. large scale
> > simulations, equation solving, etc ...) I think MATLAB is far superior
> > to SAS. The language is relatively easy to learn as is a much more
> > "obvious" programming language than SAS. For example, if you want to
> > create an nxn matrix of zeros, the MATLAB command is zeros(n,n) ... or
> > for an nxn identity matrix the command is eye(n). Plus if you want your
> > plots to look good, MATLAB plots are definetly the way to go. (Unless
> > you buy the expensive SAS/GRAPH add-on)
> > However, if your doing any "statistical" problems (i.e. predictive
> > modeling, statistical analysis, etc ...) I think SAS is far superior in
> > these applications. SAS also does very well with massive datasets and
> > has a lot of great built in procedures.
> > So, depending on what your doing, MATLAB and SAS both have there
> > advantages and disadvantages. They're both expensive, but if your
> > companies paying for them ... I say get both !
> > Hope that helps
> > Eric B
> WenSui Liu
> Senior Decision Support Analyst
> Health Policy and Clinical Effectiveness
> Cincinnati Children Hospital Medical Center