Matlab is a computational environment (language and tools) designed primarily for numerical computation and manipulation. It is very useful for running Machine Learning experiments, and we will be using it as the primary programming environment for this course. You do not need any deep knowledge of matlab to complete the assignments but it will be necessary to learn some basics.
You can use Matlab on any Athena workstation on campus. You may need to get some information from the IS people if you've never used Athena before.
Athena Matlab minicoursesIf you are not familiar with Matlab, consider attending one of these classes. IS also provides some useful tips for a beginning Matlab user.