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I'm a security engineer/software developer and a university student. I have the necessity to start to use mathematics software.

Right now I need to represent a space of solution of a problem, but I think in the future I will need to check algorithm performance and simulate its behavior.

Which mathematics software is better to start learning? Is there any difference between, I don't know, Mathematica, Maple, MatLab ?

I don't want to learn to use a software which is useless for computer science and computer problems in general. Do you have any suggestion ?

I, for the most part, use Gnu/Linux and OsX.

Thank you!

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MatLab has more facilities, than Mathematica. –  superM Jul 3 '12 at 19:56
If you can elaborate on what types of problems you think you'll be solving, that will help us give more detailed feedback. –  rschwieb Jul 3 '12 at 20:08
Do you know how to use python? –  mixedmath Jul 3 '12 at 20:11
My question want be more a generic question than a specific question. I've always want to learn how to use a math software, now I have a necessity to do it. I want to spent my time to learn how to use a math-software that can be useful also future. –  boos Jul 3 '12 at 21:31

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