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Thu 23 Jun - Fri 24 Jun 2016
09:30 - 17:30

Venue: Bioinformatics Training Room, Craik-Marshall Building

Provided by: Bioinformatics


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An Introduction to MATLAB for biologists

Thu 23 Jun - Fri 24 Jun 2016


This course aims to give you an introduction to the basics of Matlab. During the two day course we will use a practical based approach to give you the confidence to start using Matlab in your own work. In particular we will show you how to write your own scripts and functions and how to use pre-written functions. We will also explore the many ways in which help is available to Matlab users. In addition we will cover basic computer programming in Matlab to enable you to write more efficient scripts.

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Target audience
  • Graduate students, Postdocs and Staff members from the University of Cambridge, Affiliated Institutions and other external Institutions or individuals
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There are no prerequisites for this course and you do not need to have done any programming before to attend the course. The course is not intended for experienced Matlab users however attendants should ideally have some intention to use Matlab soon after attending the course.


Number of sessions: 2

# Date Time Venue Trainers
1 Thu 23 Jun 2016   09:30 - 17:30 09:30 - 17:30 Bioinformatics Training Room, Craik-Marshall Building map Mirela Domijan,  Cerian Webb
2 Fri 24 Jun 2016   09:30 - 17:30 09:30 - 17:30 Bioinformatics Training Room, Craik-Marshall Building map Mirela Domijan,  Cerian Webb
Topics covered

Bioinformatics, Biology, Data handling


After this course you should be able to:

  • Use Matlab to perform mathematical calculations
  • Write script files in Matlab
  • Write simple functions
  • Import data and plot graphs

During this course you will learn about:

  • The Matlab interface
  • Writing in script files
  • The many ways to access help
  • Importing data
  • Plotting
  • Using in-built functions
  • Creating your own functions
  • Basic programming in Matlab (including for loops)

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Basic Skills and Programming

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