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Difference Between Maple and Mathematica

Main Difference

Maple and Mathematica are the software tools used for the mathematics, sciences and engineering fields. Maple and Mathematica are two different software. For symbolic and numeric computations about 190 probability distributions are supported by the Mathematica while Maple supports about 50 probability distributions. Maple supports computations on 17 different random process types while Mathematica supports 35 types. Mathematica supports eight colors for image processing while Maple supports four colors. Mathematica supports both 2D and 3D images while Maple only supports 2D images.

What is Maple?

Maple is the software tool used for the mathematics, sciences and engineering fields. Maple supports about 50 probability distributions for symbolic and numeric computations. Maple supports four colors for image processing supporting 2D image.

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What is Mathematica?

Mathematica is the software tool used for the mathematics, sciences and engineering fields. For symbolic and numeric computations about 190 probability distributions are supported by the Mathematica. Mathematica supports eight colors for image processing along with 2D and 3D images.

Key Differences

  1. For symbolic and numeric computations about 190 probability distributions are supported by the Mathematica while Maple supports about 50 probability distributions.
  2. Maple supports computations on 17 different random process types while Mathematica supports 35 types.
  3. Mathematica supports eight colors for image processing while Maple supports four colors.
  4. Mathematica supports both 2D and 3D images while Maple only supports 2D images.
  5. For solving integral equations Maple is more powerful as compare to Mathematica.
  6. For solving equations, recurrence relations and simplification Mathematica is more powerful as compare to Maple.
  7. Directed and undirected edges can’t be mixed in Maple graphs while they can be mixed in Mathematica.
  8. For solving partial differential equations, Mathematica has FEA solvers while Maple don’t has FEA solvers.
  9. Plain English can be used to instruct Mathematica but not for Maple.
  10. Maple provide system for code generation in C, C#, Fortran, Java, Python, Perl and VisualBasic while Mathematica provide system for code generation only in C language.
  11. In Maple, documents can’t be edited during computation while in Mathematica work can be done while waiting for result.
  12. Using a standard interface Mathematica provides 185 import/export filters while Maple provides 20 import/export filters.
  13. Real-time video streams can be read in Mathematica but not in Maple.
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