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When did you first start using either MATLAB or Simulink?

Within the past year
24%
1 - 5 years ago
38%
5.01 - 10 years ago
17%
10.01 - 21 years ago
12%
During the last century (1900's)
8%
1300 votes

Image Analyst
Image Analyst on 22 Dec 2021

See all the polls here: All the polls

Adam Danz
Adam Danz on 20 Dec 2021

Interesting poll! I wonder if the sample of respondents is biased toward newer users who may be more likely to find the poll while perusing the forum for help.

Ned Gulley
Ned Gulley on 20 Dec 2021

I like the idea of doing a poll for every cognitive bias. My next poll: "I'm doing a survey to see who knows about Confirmation Bias. You've heard of it, right?"

  1. Yes
  2. Probably
Adam Danz
Adam Danz on 20 Dec 2021

Or, "Have you ever participated in a MathWorks poll including this one?" 1. Yes. 2. No.

Ned Gulley
Ned Gulley on 20 Dec 2021

I like your phrase "the last century." I already feel old enough (having started in 1987), so I'm glad you didn't say "the last millennium"!

Image Analyst
Image Analyst on 20 Dec 2021

Good one Ned. Too bad the polls don't let you edit them after submitting them. By the way, I started programming in 1978 (so I guess I'm the dinosaur here), Ph.D. in 1988, and started MATLAB in 2006.

Claudio Gelmi
Claudio Gelmi on 20 Dec 2021

LoL...I thought that start using MATLAB during the 90's was like being a dinosaur...but you win Ned ;-) !

the cyclist
the cyclist on 20 Dec 2021 (Edited on 20 Dec 2021)

When I give my background spiel, I tell people that I got my Ph.D. "in a prior millennium". (Ph.D. in '92, using Fortran. Started using MATLAB in my first postdoc.)

Ned Gulley
Ned Gulley on 20 Dec 2021

I managed to find a picture of me using MATLAB at Stanford back in the 1900s. As you can see, I'm using one of the very first mousewheels.

the cyclist
the cyclist on 20 Dec 2021

Steamboat Ned

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