Scientific Computing Topics

Scientific Computing Environments

Statistical environments


USGS holds a license for a version of the S-Plus statistical package, and the USGS internal distribution includes USGS-developed statistical and graphics tools.


R is an open-source statistical analysis system built to be functionally equivalent to S. It is gaining in popularity, and has a body of GUI's (such as RCommander) and interfaces available for it. Since R has a command-line interface, it is fairly easy to connect with other software, for example, ArcGIS. and python. Some have described R as a "statistical scripting language."

Although the user community is very good at answering questions, the volume of questions and answers may be overwhelming.




MATLAB is commonly used for data and compute-intensive scientific analysis.

Known USGS MATLAB users: Rich Signell, Ashley Van Beusekom