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Q.  When are you going to put MATLAB on the Information Commons computers?

A. Done!  This summer, MATLAB, Stata, and Office 2007 were added to the Information Commons and Graduate Study computers.

MATLAB is a high-level numerical computing environment and programming language which you can use to solve technical computer problems faster than with traditional programming languages.  MATLAB allows easy matrix manipulation, plotting of functions and data, implementation of algorithms, and creation of user interfaces.

Another great addition is Stata, an integrated statistical package for data analysis, data management, and graphics.  Several sets of manuals are available for your use in the Information Commons book collection.

In addition to the standard Office programs, Office 2007 includes MS Project (project management), InfoPath (forms design), OneNote (notetaking and information management), SharePoint (collaboration), and Visio (diagramming). Office 2003 is still available, as well.

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