Review: Wolfram Mathematica 7
Posted 15 January 2009 - 07:32 AM
There must be a way to broaden the market to still meet profit margins and recoup investments.
I'm sure others will disagree, thats fine. IMHO only.
Posted 15 January 2009 - 07:55 AM
I run a one person geologic consulting service and have wanted a copy of this for a long time but cannot justify the price ( I gave up pirating software when I could comfortably feed myself on my own). I plan on taking some classes this summer which I hope will qualify me for the educational discount. The software is just amazing! (I have no financial interests or ties what so ever to Wolfram).
Posted 15 January 2009 - 09:11 AM
Also, most good technical universities have site licenses, making it free to the staff and students.
Posted 15 January 2009 - 03:07 PM
AND...R is free, has very high functionality, is user extensible, and has a large catalog of (free) user extensions.
Mathematica is wonderful, but I and my colleagues have stopped using it because of the cost--especially in comparison with R.
Posted 15 January 2009 - 06:28 PM
Free is good; however, sometimes you get what you pay for. There is an incredible range of capabilities in Mma and (once you get past the bodacious learning curve of thinking different) it is possible to very quickly and efficiently pull together sophisticated systems. In an industrial environment where delivery time is critical and people time is the the driver for project costs, Mma has a pretty big cost-benefit ratio.
Sometimes, of course, you don't get what you pay for. Over the years I've spent over $100K on MATLAB licenses but most of those have since been deprecated given that MATLAB is less capable as well as more expensive to get to a functional system since they don't follow the WRI model of integrating new capabilities into the core product so many toolboxes must also be purchased. (If I developed DSP or control systems, MATLAB might be worth it; however, my emphasis is data modeling and systems development.)
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