- MATLAB is used at over 5,000 universities and colleges worldwide.
- Over 3 million students, professors, and researchers have access to MATLAB at schools with Total Academic Headcount licenses. Countless more have access at schools which use other licenses, such as large shared network licenses.
- Tens of thousands of students get their own personal copy of MATLAB every year by purchasing one of either MATLAB Student or MATLAB and Simulink Student Suite.
How common is MATLAB in academia?
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We are currently arguing that MATLAB is widely used within academia, but the only reference we have is Wikipedia which says that MATLAB was used by about one million in 2004. That is a long time ago... So I wonder:
1) How many universities use MATLAB?
2) How many people use MATLAB?
3) Where can I find such statistics?
The reason why I want to know is because I want to argue in research papers that MATLAB is a good platform to develop open access scientific analysis tools and convince reviewers by giving some concrete statistics on how common MATLAB is within academia. Given that, I would like world-wide stats and include all possible fields of science...
Best regards /
Michelle Hirsch on 9 Feb 2015
Very interesting question and discussion! As you all mentioned, MATLAB has long been a de facto language and platform for several engineering and scientific disciplines. As Andreas mentioned, we have been offering so-called "Total Academic Headcount" site-wide licenses for a handful of years now. These licenses are making it easier for schools to make MATLAB available to their entire community.
Some statistics, as Pär requested:
It is probably also worth noting that Home Use licenses are now available, to provide access to MATLAB for personal use outside of a school or work setting.
Hope this helps!
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Andreas Goser on 9 Feb 2015
Hello Pär, You will get the best response when you share the background of the question. What will you do with it? Are you interested about worldwide figures or local? and is it about a specifc field like engineering where MATLAB and Simulink likely are seen as standard or fields like social science or economics, where MATLAB is used, but probably can grow more.
From you name I guess you are Swedish?! I can tell you that at Chalmers Matlab is more or less standard.
Within my field (Energy technology and Multiphase flow) I saw authors of scientific papers refering to matlab code provided which they provide on Mathworks file exchange. I think it is a neat way of makeing the work more transparent. How is it in your field Pär?