- Paperback: 230 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 2 edition (September 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0195129474
- ISBN-13: 978-0195129472
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,372,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Getting Started with MATLAB 5, A Quick Introduction for Scientists and Engineers 2nd Edition
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"Very good text for beginning MATLAB users."--Theresa Sadeghi, Binghamton University
"Good approach with template illustrations that students should easily be able to adapt for most undergraduate courses. Efficient organization permits quick learning, and the book is comprehensive and reader-friendly, so it can be a useful non-encyclopedic reference." --James F. Hurley, University of Connecticut
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Rudra Pratap is at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.
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But frankly, you'd get just as much -- and more -- information from the Matlab User's Guide, which comes ()with the software.() It unfortunately does not go beyond the most basic functions of Matlab, and at the end you will still be left wondering what Matlab really can do -- and what it can do *for you*.
Case in point: the discussion on functions (something that always intimidates me when I learn a new language/package) starts out easy, and suddenly becomes confusing, leaving the reader yearning for more information and more examples. The lack of good examples is another problem with this slim ()volume.
A good introductory book should be like DiIorio's "SAS Applications Programming": easy enough to NOT intimidate the beginner, yet deep and comprehensive enough to enable the reader to get real work done -- and to encourage the reader to learn more advanced topics. (After all, we use stats software like Matlab to get real work done, not just to impress our girlfriends.) While this book may seem "friendly" at the start, its total lack of depth unfortunately can make one feel even more intimidated about Matlab.
1. If you do not have much time and want to get started with matlab, this is *the book* you need. This is slim yet powerful enough to get you started. I was a beginner of matlab and got inundated by thick and detailed matlab books. These are good books for advanced users; in fact not very useful to them as well, since an advanced user would rather read matlab documentation.
2. The author's unique style of organizing book, which is adopted by other authors of matlab book: Author first introduces some concepts and then revisits them to deal in depth. This is exactly what you need as beginner - reviews and revisits!
3. From my personal example, if a beginner starts reading advanced books, then he or she gets flooded with information, which ultimately is forgotten.
4. The author does give some pics, which I find very innovative and haven't seen tech book with such amusing pics!!
So, this is my the favorite book for matlab starters.
P.S. Occasionally, the book says to refer Matlab manual. You cannot replace a software help by a book. In most of the tech software, manual is created to give each and every details of the functionality. If we include all such details in an intro book, it will no longer remain an intro book. Aim of an intro book is to get you started and once you march towards advancements, the book should direct you to references of advance topics. And this book precisely does the same.
PPS: I didn't buy the book on Amazon, but got it from elsewhere.
The books that come with the software are extremely weak (by design) and the only comparable beginner's book I came across is the one they give you at Mathworks' training classes. Either way, this book is a good buy.
If you are a total Matlab newbie and can find a copy of this book in the library, read it. Otherwise check out other books, or just use the Matlab demo.