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Introduction

**What is SCILAB****?**

Developed at INRIA, SCILAB has been developed for system control and signal processing applications. It is freely distributed in source code format. The following points will explain the features of SCILAB. It is a similar to MATLAB, which is not freely distributed. It has many features similar to MATLAB.

Scilab is made of three distinct parts: |

An interpreter |

Libraries of functions (Scilab procedures) |

Libraries of Fortran and C routines. |

SCILAB has an inherent ability to handle matrices (basic matrix manipulation, concatenation, transpose, inverse etc.,) |

Scilab has an open programming environment where the creation of functions and libraries of functions is completely in the hands of the user. |

Scilab has an open programming environment where the creation of functions and libraries of functions is completely in the hands of the user |