Scilab provides tools to perform data analysis and modeling.

## Descriptive statistics

median — median (row median, column median,…) of vector/matrix/array entries

stdev — standard deviation (row or column-wise) of vector/matrix entries

variance — variance (and mean) of a vector or matrix (or hypermatrix) of real or complex numbers

## Probability distributions

Example with the binomial distribution probabilities:

n=10;p=0.3;
plot2d3(0:n,binomial(p,n));

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## Linear and nonlinear modeling

The simplest example is a Linear regression:

x = -30:30; y = x.^3;
[a, b] = reglin(x, y);
plot(x, y, "red")
plot(x, a*x+b)

## Machine learning

Scilab provides tools to perform predictive analytics and machine learning for both:

- supervised learning
- unsupervised learning

Supervised learning is a most common kind of machine learning approach. It basically works with a set of “right answers” that is being used for the learning phase.

Unsupervised learning on the opposite does not require to have a training set a labeled data. It automatically identifies the hidden structure behind the dataset, and group them in a certain number of classes defined by the user.

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## Regression

A regression problem deals with the prediction of a **continuous function.**

This example coming from the Scilab demos is a polynomial regression:

0001 function y=FF(x)
0002 // parametric function model
0003 y = a*(x-b)+c*x.*x;
0004 endfunction
--> exec("SCI/modules/optimization/demos/datafit/datafit.dem.sce");

## Classification

A classification problem predicts discrete-valued outputs of a function.

This kind of problems can be addressed with support vector machines, implemented in the Scilab toolbox LibSVM.

Find out more with this tutorial in english and in french