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Why do you come to "MATLAB Answers"?

Asked by Fangjun Jiang

Fangjun Jiang

on 18 May 2011
Latest activity Edited by Matt J

Matt J

on 12 Oct 2013

My answer is 'abcdefghi'. Higher priority, more important one comes first.

Post you answer. Maybe I can collect all of them and give a statistic.

a.	To learn new tricks
b.	To challenge myself
c.	To help others
d.	To improve Matlab software
e.	To seek help
f.	To socialize
g.	To earn reputation points
h.	To help Mathworks' business 
i.	To kill time

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Fangjun Jiang

Fangjun Jiang

on 15 Sep 2011

I think Aurelien Queffurust's answer is surprising and brilliant.

Fangjun Jiang

Fangjun Jiang

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Answer by Aurelien Queffurust

Aurelien Queffurust

on 20 May 2011
Accepted answer

The question is "Why do you come to the "MATLAB Answers"? My answer is really simple:

    >>why(393)

Aurélien

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Fangjun Jiang

Fangjun Jiang

on 20 May 2011

+1 Good answer! How could I not know that Matlab has answers for everything!

Aurelien Queffurust

Aurelien Queffurust

Answer by Sean de Wolski

Sean de Wolski

on 18 May 2011
['a':'c' 'f' 'i']

I've learned how to program in MATLAB pretty much exclusively from CSSM and Answers. The quick fun challenges/socialization with people from all over the world are an added benefit.

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per isakson

per isakson

on 14 Feb 2012

That one was new to me:)

Sean de Wolski

Sean de Wolski

Answer by Andy

Andy

on 18 May 2011

When Answers was first instituted, I didn't really see the need for it in addition to CSSM. But it does seem to have a bit higher signal to noise ratio, and I like the instantaneous posting (rather than waiting minutes for CSSM posts to show). I'll go with abcdei.

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Sean de Wolski

Sean de Wolski

on 18 May 2011

I like the formatting, ease of posting images, comments on a post, ratings to see what others recommend, and general layout. I do miss the fact that CSSM had many more contributors so I still read it occasionally.

Andy

Andy

on 18 May 2011

I like some of the formatting. I would really like to be able to use markup in comments.

Andy

Andy

Answer by Matt Fig

Matt Fig

on 18 May 2011

All of the above, more or less, and ranked differently according to my mood and need or both. ;-)

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Matt Fig

Matt Fig

Answer by Jan Simon

Jan Simon

on 18 May 2011

j: Exercise my English.

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Oleg Komarov

Oleg Komarov

on 18 May 2011

lol, I knew you were German and your English is perfectly fine...I just confused Dutch (and I lived in the Netherlands for 3 months, should have learnt the difference, but the only sentence I am left with is: neuken in de keuken)

Andrew Newell

Andrew Newell

on 18 May 2011

You must have fond memories of the Netherlands!

Jan Simon

Jan Simon

on 15 Sep 2011

Although I thought more of "d: improve Matlab", I spent more time in the last months to try to "k: improve Matlab Answers" itself. The 99 answers in Walter's wish-list are a valuable model for anybody who wants to create a forum.

Jan Simon

Jan Simon

Answer by Frank

Frank

on 20 May 2011
why(2^32-5)
 :^)

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Randy Souza

Randy Souza

on 20 May 2011

I voted you up to prove the point :-)

Frank

Frank

Answer by Oleg Komarov

Oleg Komarov

on 18 May 2011

abcegi

Listed in alphabetical order, you wanna how I rank them, no wayyyyy.

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Oleg Komarov

Oleg Komarov

Answer by Jonathan

Jonathan

on 18 May 2011

a, b, c, i

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Jonathan

Jonathan

Answer by Andrew Newell

Andrew Newell

on 18 May 2011
choices = 'abcefgi';
disp(choices(randperm(length(choices))))

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Jan Simon

Jan Simon

on 20 May 2011

Use FEX:Shuffle to compute this more efficiently: "Shuffle('abcefgi')"

Matt Tearle

Matt Tearle

on 20 May 2011

How about randsample('abcdefghi',9)?

(Requires Stats TB)

Andrew Newell

Andrew Newell

on 20 May 2011

Yep, 'a' is definitely coming out in front today.

Andrew Newell

Andrew Newell

Answer by Paulo Silva

Paulo Silva

on 19 May 2011
j.	To waste time

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Jan Simon

Jan Simon

on 20 May 2011

@Paulo: What is the difference between "kill time" and "waste time"?

Sean de Wolski

Sean de Wolski

on 20 May 2011

"To kill time" is it make it pass when you have to. Perhaps if you were waiting at an airport, you would kill the time until your flight by watching tv or reading a magazine. "To waste time" is to spend your time doing something other than what you should, perhaps logging onto Facebook at work.

Paulo Silva

Paulo Silva

on 20 May 2011

@Jan, Sean answered for me and did a good work, I do find this place to be good for learning but most of the time we are answering repeated questions and things that most users would find on the documentation and/or newsgroups.

Paulo Silva

Paulo Silva

Answer by Chien-Chia Huang

Chien-Chia Huang

on 19 May 2011

abef and, when well trained, c. "MATLAB Answers" is a great place where I get surprised coz being here I'm always like a layman to MATLAB. Many thanks to all the guys who did and do help.:)

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Chien-Chia Huang

Chien-Chia Huang

Answer by James Tursa

James Tursa

on 19 May 2011

j. To see how much farther back my reputation points are compared to Walter and Matt.

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James Tursa

James Tursa

Answer by Randy Souza

Randy Souza

on 20 May 2011
why(276)

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Randy Souza

Randy Souza

on 20 May 2011

Hat tip @Aurélien

Randy Souza

Randy Souza

Answer by Andrew Newell

Andrew Newell

on 20 May 2011

For Walter, because even he can't answer all of the questions!

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Walter Roberson

Walter Roberson

on 20 May 2011

I'd like to thank the Hong Kong Cavaliers, without whom I would have had to AutoTune some of my Answers.

Andrew Newell

Andrew Newell

Answer by Thomas

Thomas

on 19 Apr 2012
why(99);why(710)

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Sharon

Sharon

on 20 Apr 2012

Good one...

Thomas

Thomas

Answer by Geoff

Geoff

on 19 Apr 2012

Escapism...

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Richard Brown

Richard Brown

on 19 Apr 2012

Yep

Geoff

Geoff

Answer by Matt Tearle

Matt Tearle

on 20 May 2011
why(416)
why(9816)

Or, failing that,

why(22)

The first two are actually fairly accurate! In many ways, I guess it's (h), partly by doing (c) and partly by seeing what MATLAB users want to know, what they're struggling with, what they're trying to do, etc.

But pretty much (a)-(i) to some degree, plus (j): I'm a massive dork.

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Matt Tearle

Matt Tearle

Answer by Grzegorz Knor

Grzegorz Knor

on 15 Sep 2011

There is not enough questions on Polish forum :) - http://www.matlab.pl/index.php

Moreover: a - b - c - j (exercise my English).

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Jan Simon

Jan Simon

on 15 Sep 2011

Hi Grzegorz! Now we are two English learners.

Grzegorz Knor

Grzegorz Knor

Answer by K E

K E

on 19 Apr 2012

I don't work with any Simulink experts, just a group of self-taught beginners. Answers provides me with a link to experts; several are active here. I feel obliged to help other learners and can actually contribute something because the same starter questions reappear often.

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Sean de Wolski

Sean de Wolski

on 19 Apr 2012

You'll find helping others really helps your _actual understanding_ as well!

K E

K E

Answer by Richard Brown

Richard Brown

on 19 Apr 2012

When I get blocked with my research, here at least I can make an epsilon contribution to something ...

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Richard Brown

Richard Brown

Answer by Lukas

Lukas

on 20 Apr 2012
a.	To learn new tricks
b.	To challenge myself
e.	To seek help

I think the collective knowledge of the group of people that are on here can solve almost any problem when working with MATLAB. The real challenge, is effectively tapping into that knowledge.

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Lukas

Lukas

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