
Creator 
Development started 
First public release 
Latest stable version 
Stable release date 
Cost (United States dollar ) 
License 
Notes 
ADMB 
David Fournier, ADMB Project 
1989 
1990 
12.0 
21 December 2017 
Free 
BSD 3clause (aka new) License 
Automatic differentiation makes it well suited to complex minimization problems 
Analytica 
Lumina Decision Systems 
1982 (Demos) 

4.6 
May 2015 
Free (Analytica Free 101), $995 (Professional), $2795 (Enterprise) 
Proprietary 
A numerical modeling environment with a declarative and visual programming language based on influence diagrams. 
Ch 
SoftIntegration 

1 October 2001 
7.5.1 
2 December 2015 
$399 (commercial) / $199 (academic) / Free (student) 
Proprietary 
C/C++ based numerical computing and graphical plotting^{[1]} 
DADiSP 
DSP Development 
1984 
1987 
6.7 B02 
17 January 2017 
$1995 (commercial) / $129 (academic) / Free (student) 
Proprietary 
Numeric computations for science and engineering featuring a spreadsheet like interface. 
DataMelt 
Sergei V. Chekanov (jwork.org) 
2005 
2005 
1.4 
12 March 2016 
Free 
Free for noncommercial use 
Mathematics, symbolic calculations, algebra, data analysis, data mining, interactive 2D/3D graphics, Java scriptable, used for science and engineering, Crossplatform (written in Java) 
Dyalog APL 
Dyalog Ltd. 
1981 
1983 
17.0 
23 July 2018 
£850/year or 2% royalty (free for noncommercial use) 
Proprietary 
A modern dialect of APL, enhanced with features for functional and objectoriented programming. 
Euler Math Toolbox 
René Grothmann 
1987 
1988 
20180921 
21 September 2018 
Free 
GPL 
Also a computer algebra system through interface with Maxima 
Fityk 
Marcin Wojdyr 

2002 
1.3.1 
19 December 2016 
$115 (1.x binaries) / Free (source code and 0.x binaries) 
GPL 
interactive graphics, scriptable, specialized in curve fitting and peak fitting, 2D only 
FlexPro 
Weisang GmbH 
n/a 
1991 
2017 
2017 
Not free (commercial) / Free (academic) 
Proprietary 
Dynamic, interactive 2D/3D diagrams, programmable, VBA, high performances, multicore compatible, large data sets. 
FreeMat 
Samit Basu 

2004 
4.2 
30 June 2013 
Free 
GPL 
Codeless interface to external C, C++, and Fortran code. Mostly compatible with MATLAB. 
GAUSS 
Aptech Systems 

1984 
17 
22 December 2016 
Not free 
Proprietary 

GNU Data Language 
Marc Schellens 

2004 
0.9.7 
21 January 2017 
Free 
GPL 
Aimed as a dropin replacement for IDL/PVWAVE 
GNU MCSim 
Frederic Y. Bois & Don Maszle 
1991 
1993 
6.0.0 
24 February 2018 
Free 
GPL 
General simulation and Monte Carlo sampling software 
GNU Octave 
John W. Eaton 
1988 
1993 
4.4.0 
1 May 2018 
Free 
GPL 
General numerical computing package with lots of extension modules. Syntax mostly compatible with MATLAB 
IGOR Pro 
WaveMetrics 
1986 
1988 
7.00 
26 July 2016 
$995 (commercial) $225 upgrade / $499 (academic) $175 upgrade / $85 (student) 
Proprietary 
interactive graphics, programmable, 2D/3D, used for science and engineering, large data sets. 
J 
Jsoftware 
1989 
1990 
J805 
19 December 2016 
Free 
GPL 
online access to: J Application Library (JAL) 
Julia 
Jeff Bezanson, Stefan Karpinski, Viral B. Shah, and other^{[2]} contributors 
2009 
2012 
1.0.0 
8 August 2018 
Free 
MIT License 
Direct calls of C functions (no wrappers needed). Designed for cloud parallel computing with LLVM JIT as a backend. Lightweight "green" threading (coroutines). Efficient support for Unicode. Shelllike capabilities for managing other processes. Lisplike macros and other metaprogramming facilities. 
LabVIEW 
National Instruments 
1985 
1986 
2016 
August 2016 
$1249 (commercial) / $79.95 (student) 
Proprietary 
Graphical, and textual through formula nodes, mathscript and .m file scripts^{[3]} 
Maple 
Maplesoft 
1980 
1982 
2017 
25 May 2017 
$2275 (commercial) / $99 (student) 
Proprietary 
Mainly a computer algebra system 
Mathcad 
Parametric Technology Corporation 
1985 
1986 
15.0 ; Prime 4.0^{[4]} 
2 March 2015 
$1195 (commercial) / $99 (student) 
Proprietary 

Mathematica 
Wolfram Research 
1986 
1988 
13.0.1 (February 17, 2022; 8 months ago (20220217)) [±]^{[5]} 
8 March 2018 
Free (Raspberry Pi^{[6]}), Free Cloud Access, $2495 (commercial) / $145 (student) / $295 (personal)^{[7]} 
Proprietary 
Also computer algebra system 
mathlayer 
Quant Advisory Limited 
2015 
2015 
1.1.3.8 
March 2017 
Free 
CC BY 4.0 
Windows only. Designed to be embedded. 
MATLAB 
MathWorks 
the late 1970s 
1984 
R2018a 
September 2017 
$2150 (standard) / $500 (education) / $149 (home) / $49 (student) 
Proprietary 
Numerical computation and simulation with extended 2D/3D visualization. 
Maxima 
MIT Project MAC and Bill Schelter et al. 
1967 
1982 
5.41.0 
3 October 2017 
Free 
GPL 
Mainly a computer algebra system 
MLAB 
Civilized Software, Inc. 
1970 (in SAIL), 1985 (in C) 
1972 (on DEC10), 1988 (on PCs), 1993 (on MACs) 
2015 
2015 
$2250 (standard) / $50 (student) 
Proprietary 
Numerical and Statistical computation for Scientific Applications, e.g. Chemical Kinetics. ODE Solving and CurveFitting. Symbolic Differentiation, Survival Analysis, Cluster Analysis, 2D/3D Graphics. 
Origin 
OriginLab 

1991 
2016 
22 May 2017 
$1095 (std.)/$1800 (Pro) $550 (std., academic) $850 (Pro, academic) $69/yr. (Pro, student) 
Proprietary 
Integrated data analysis graphing software for science and engineering. Flexible multilayer graphing framework. 2D, 3D and statistical graph types. Builtin digitizing tool. Analysis with auto recalculation and report generation. Builtin scripting and programming languages. 
Perl Data Language 
Karl Glazebrook 
late 1990s 
c. 1997 
2.012 
14 June 2015 
Free 
Artistic License 
Used for astrophysics, solar physics, oceanography, biophysics, and simulation. 2D plotting via PGPLOT, PLPlot bindings; 3D via GL. 
PSPP 
Ben Pfaff 
1990s 
1990s 
0.8.5 
20 June 2015 
Free 
GPL v.3 or later 
FOSS alternative to IBM SPSS. Analysis of sampled data, frequencies, crosstabs comparison of means (ttests and oneway ANOVA); linear regression, logistic regression, reliability (Cronbach's Alpha, not failure or Weibull), and reordering data, nonparametric tests, factor analysis, cluster analysis, principal components analysis, chisquare analysis and more 
R 
R Foundation 
1997 
1997 
3.3.2 
31 October 2016 
Free 
GPL 
Primarily for statistics, but there are many interfaces to opensource numerical software 
SageMath 
William Stein 

2005 
9.5 (30 January 2022; 9 months ago (20220130)) [±]^{[8]} 
17 October 2018 
Free 
GPL 
Programmable, includes computer algebra, 2D+3D plotting. Interfaces to many opensource and proprietary software. Web based interface HTTP or HTTPS 
SAS 
Anthony Barr and James Goodnight 
1966 
1972 
9.4 
10 July 2014 
Not free 
Proprietary 

SequenceL 
Texas Multicore Technologies 
1989 
2012 
2.4 
10 February 2016 
Free (Community Edition), $2495 (Professional Edition) 
Proprietary 
Functional programming language and tools. Delivers high performance on multicore hardware with ease of programming, and code clarity/readability. Designed to work with other languages, including C, C++, C#, Java, Fortran, Python, etc. Can be compiled to multithreaded C++ (and optionally OpenCL) code with no explicit indications from the programmer of how or what to parallelize. A platformspecific runtime manages the threads safely. 
SLang 
John E. Davis 

1992 
2.3.0 
18 September 2014 
Free 
GPL, Artistic License (1.x only) 
Available as a standalone (slsh) and embedded interpreter (jed, slrn, ...) 
Scilab 
Scilab Enterprises Was:Inria 
1990 
1994 
6.0.1 
15 February 2018 
Free 
CeCILL license 
Programmable, direct support of 2D+3D plotting. Interfaces to many other software packages. Interfacing to external modules written in C, Java, Python or other languages. Language syntax similar to MATLAB. Used for numerical computing in engineering and physics. 
SPSS 
Normal H. Nie, Dale H. Bent, and C. Hadlai Hull 

1968 
23.0 
3 March 2015 
Not free 
Proprietary 

Sysquake 
Calerga 

1998 
5.0 
2013 
free / $2500 (Pro, commercial) / $1000 (Pro, academic) 
Proprietary 
interactive graphics 
TK Solver 
Universal Technical Systems, Inc. 
late 1970s 
1982 
5.0.141 
2011 
$399 commercial / $49 (student) 
Proprietary 
Numerical computation and rulebased application development 
VisSim 
Visual Solutions 

1989 
10.1 
January 2011 
$495$2800 (commercial) free view only version $50$250/free v3.0 (academic) 
Proprietary 
Visual Language for simulation and Model Based Design. Used in business, science and engineering. Performs complex scalar or matrix based ODE solving with parametric optimization. Has 2D and 3D plotting, 3D animation, and state transition built in. 
Yorick 
n/a 
n/a 
n/a 
9 
January 2015 
Free 
GPL 
Programmable, callable 2D+3D plotting. Language syntax similar to C. Interfacing to other software packages via C calls. 