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What are the differences between Live Scripts and Jupyter notebooks?

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David Garrison
David Garrison on 17 Mar 2017

The Live Editor and the Jupyter Notebook are similar in that you can mix code with output, run code in sections, and add formatted text, images, and equations to tell a story.

The Live Editor provides a new way to develop code for exploratory programming, to create an interactive narrative, and to present or teach. In particular, the Live Editor allows you to

  • Choose between inline output and output on the right
  • Zoom, pan, and rotate plots and get the generated code
  • Format text interactively rather than through markdown
  • Create equations using LaTeX or through an interactive equation editor
  • Use functions hints, tab completion, and code analysis tools

The Live Editor is available in desktop MATLAB and in MATLAB Online. To find out more about the Live Editor, go the Live Editor web page. You can find example live scripts in the MATLAB documentation and on the MATLAB File Exchange.

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LeChat on 1 Dec 2022
All this is neat indeed, but I believe the implementation in Matlab is pretty poor: livescripts are pretty heavy for the RAM, its is not as smooth to use as compared to Jupyther Notebooks.
Here I wrote a tutorial to use Matlab in Jupyther Notebooks:
Hope this help, either by pushing Mathworks to optimize their livescripts, or you if you like both Jupyther Notebooks and Matlab language.

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Hechuan Wang
Hechuan Wang on 4 Sep 2018
More importantly, livescript utilize matlab debugger and workspace inspector, but jupyter does not have debugger or variable inspector out of box.

Kouichi C. Nakamura
Kouichi C. Nakamura on 3 Jul 2019
Both Jupyter Notebook and R Notebooks support markdown, but for back-compatibility reasons (I think) MATLAB's Live Editor uses MATLAB's own markup language for the text part. This is OK, but rather unfortunate, I think.


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