Installation on linux
Matlab installer for linux is pretty straightforward these days. MATLAB can be installed in /usr/local/ unless there is not enough space (3-6 GB depending on toolboxes).
To get a desktop launcher in the menu (with icon), do:
sudo wget http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/21/Matlab_Logo.png -O /usr/share/icons/matlab.png
then make a matlab.desktop file in /usr/share/applications/ that points to the icon and executes
Put date ticklabels on an X-axis
When plotting a timeseries it is often hard to tell when the data is from because it is easier to plot against a sequential or decimal day, rather than month, day, year, etc. This puts useful tickmarks and labels on a timeseries plot:
% datenum_h is a vector of sequential datenum days - divide up this series into 20 tickmarks ticklocations = linspace(min(datenum_h), max(datenum_h), 20); % plot against the datevec_h sequence plot(datenum_h, sm(:, i), 'k'); % after plotting put the tick marks and labels in the correct locations set(gca, 'XTick', ticklocations); set(gca, 'XTickLabel', ticklocations); % Call the datetick function with 'keepticks' to convert the label on each tick location to a date. datetick('x', 12, 'keepticks');