Matlab Commands Cheat Sheet

Posted : admin On 1/2/2022
  • MATLAB–Python–Julia cheatsheet

Dependencies and Setup¶

In the Python code we assume that you have already run importnumpyasnp

In the Julia, we assume you are using v1.0.2 or later with Compat v1.3.0 or later and have run usingLinearAlgebra,Statistics,Compat

Creating Vectors¶

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Row vector: size (1, n)

Column vector: size (n, 1)

1d array: size (n, )

Not possible


Integers from j to n withstep size k

Linearly spaced vectorof k points

Creating Matrices¶





Create a matrix

2 x 2 matrix of zeros

2 x 2 matrix of ones

2 x 2 identity matrix

Diagonal matrix

Uniform random numbers

Normal random numbers

Sparse Matrices

Tridiagonal Matrices

Manipulating Vectors and Matrices¶






Complex conjugate transpose(Adjoint)

Concatenate horizontally



Concatenate vertically



Reshape (to 5 rows, 2 columns)

Convert matrix to vector

Flip left/right

Flip up/down

Repeat matrix (3 times in therow dimension, 4 times in thecolumn dimension)


N/A similar type

Broadcast a function over acollection/matrix/vector

Functions broadcast directly

Functions broadcast directly

Accessing Vector/Matrix Elements¶





Access one element

Access specific rows

Access specific columns

Remove a row

Diagonals of matrix

Get dimensions of matrix

Mathematical Operations¶





Dot product

Matrix multiplication

Inplace matrix multiplication

Not possible

Element-wise multiplication

Matrix to a power

Matrix to a power, elementwise





Eigenvalues and eigenvectors

Euclidean norm

Solve linear system(Ax=b) (when (A)is square)

Solve least squares problem(Ax=b) (when (A)is rectangular)

Sum / max / min¶





Sum / max / min ofeach column

Sum / max / min of each row

Sum / max / min ofentire matrix

Cumulative sum / max / minby row

Cumulative sum / max / minby column






Comment one line

Comment block

For loop

While loop


If / else

Print text and variable

Function: anonymous



Can use cells but watch performance

Named Tuples/Anonymous Structures


Inplace Modification

No consistent or simple syntaxto achieve this

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Cheatsheets on Python, R and Numpy, Scipy, Pandas

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Matlab cheat sheet for beginners

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Cheat sheets for Python:

Python is a popular choice for beginners, yet still powerful enough to back some of the world’s most popular products and applications. It's design makes the programming experience feel almost as natural as writing in English. Python basics or Python Debugger cheat sheets for beginners covers important syntax to get started. Community-provided libraries such as numpy, scipy, sci-kit and pandas are highly relied on and the NumPy/SciPy/Pandas Cheat Sheet provides a quick refresher to these.

  1. Python Cheat Sheet by DaveChild via
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  4. Python 3 Cheat Sheet by Laurent Pointal

Cheat sheets for R:

The R's ecosystem has been expanding so much that a lot of referencing is needed. The R Reference Card covers most of the R world in few pages. The Rstudio has also published a series of cheat sheets to make it easier for the R community. The data visualization with ggplot2 seems to be a favorite as it helps when you are working on creating graphs of your results.



  1. R markdown cheatsheet, part 2


  1. DataCamp’s Data Analysis the data.table way

Cheat sheets for MySQL & SQL:

For a data scientist basics of SQL are as important as any other language as well. Both PIG and Hive Query Language are closely associated with SQL- the original Structured Query Language. SQL cheatsheets provide a 5 minute quick guide to learning it and then you may explore Hive & MySQL!

  1. SQL for dummies cheat sheet

Cheat sheets for Spark, Scala, Java:

Apache Spark is an engine for large-scale data processing. For certain applications, such as iterative machine learning, Spark can be up to 100x faster than Hadoop (using MapReduce). The essentials of Apache Spark cheatsheet explains its place in the big data ecosystem, walks through setup and creation of a basic Spark application, and explains commonly used actions and operations.

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  2.’s Scala reference card
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Cheat sheets for Hadoop & Hive:


Hadoop emerged as an untraditional tool to solve what was thought to be unsolvable by providing an open source software framework for the parallel processing of massive amounts of data. Explore the Hadoop cheatsheets to find out Useful commands when using Hadoop on the command line. A combination of SQL & Hive functions is another one to check out.

Cheat sheets for web application framework Django:

Django is a free and open source web application framework, written in Python. If you are new to Django, you can go over these cheatsheets and brainstorm quick concepts and dive in each one to a deeper level.

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Cheat sheets for Machine learning:

We often find ourselves spending time thinking which algorithm is best? And then go back to our big books for reference! These cheat sheets gives an idea about both the nature of your data and the problem you're working to address, and then suggests an algorithm for you to try.

  1. Machine Learning cheat sheet at
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Matlab Cheat Sheet For Beginners

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Matlab Basic Cheat Sheet

MATLAB (MATrix LABoratory) was developed by MathWorks in 1984. Matlab d has been the most popular language for numeric computation used in academia. It is suitable for tackling basically every possible science and engineering task with several highly optimized toolboxes. MATLAB is not an open-sourced tool however there is an alternative free GNU Octave re-implementation that follows the same syntactic rules so that most of coding is compatible to MATLAB.

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