PGM Class and Octave

About a month and a half ago, I signed up for an on-line class called Probabilistic Graphical Models in an attempt to learn a bit more about some of the math that we use at Topsy Labs.

The strange logo to the right is the Octave logo.  To quote the Octave website…

GNU Octave is a high-level interpreted language, primarily intended for numerical computations. It provides capabilities for the numerical solution of linear and nonlinear problems, and for performing other numerical experiments.

Based on that description, it makes sense that this and Matlab are the two languages recommended for this course.  Yeah. This means that I’ll be learning yet another language… but I’m hoping that octave will allow me to quickly generate cool visualizations for large data sets if not directly, then through gnuplot.