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Math 283  —  Fall 2018
Statistical Methods in Bioinformatics
Matlab, R, and Computer Accounts

Updated 9/29/18


Homework assignments and class slides include plots, statistical functions, etc. geared towards Matlab or R.

R is available for free, and many students prefer it for that reason. Matlab is a commercial product widely used in industry for decades. There are pros and cons to both. Other software may be suitable (e.g., Mathematica, Maple, S-plus, BOOST and other libraries, etc.), but is not supported by class materials, so please check with the instructor if you would like to use other software instead.

You may install Matlab or R on your own computer or use them in the AP&M basement computer labs. Matlab is also available remotely on the ACMS Virtual Computing Lab. It is also available in many labs on campus, and a discounted student edition is available at the bookstore.

For the majority of students, the best option is to install R on your own computer.


Matlab: A discounted student version including the Statistics Toolbox is available at the UCSD bookstore.

R: Download and install R from here.

Handouts for the Math 283 Matlab/R tutorial session are posted on the Calendar page. Additional resources are listed at the bottom of this page.


ACMS class computer accounts were requested for all regular enrolled students. Concurrent enrollment students are also eligible for them. Auditors must use their own computer resources. ACMS class accounts expire at the end of the quarter, so be sure to save your files elsewhere, like a flash drive or a remote server. If you will be using Matlab or R on your own computer, you will not need to use your class ACMS account.

ACMS account setup: Use the Account Lookup tool on to find which ACMS computer labs and servers you have access to; your username, password, and door combination; lab hours; etc. Some resources use your UCSD Active Directory account. Some will use temporary accounts ("ma283......") that are deleted at the end of the quarter. The following ACMS facilities were requested for this class (you may have to use a button "Account ma283 resources" to find them):

Math graduate students: The math department computer labs have R and Matlab. The Linux server has Matlab for remote access (and also R, but it's easier to install that on your own computer).