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Bolet´ın de Estad´ıstica e Investigaci´on Operativa

Vol. 32, No. 2, Julio 2016, pp. 148-160

Historia y Ense˜nanza

Open Source Software for Mathematics and Statistics


Francisco Rabad´an-P´erez and Carolina Cosculluela-Mart´ınez

Departamento de Econom´ıa Aplicada I

Universidad Rey Juan Carlos



Raquel Ibar-Alonso

Departamento de Matem´atica Aplicada y Estad´ıstica.

Universidad San Pablo CEU



Open Source software (OSS) and GNU (GNU’s Not Unix) or free soft-

ware, is practically unfamiliar for the Teaching Community. This paper

provides a certain number of free tools of special utility for teaching math-

ematics and statistics. The knowledge of these programs by the academic

community will simplify teaching at the same time that it will offer long-

term application of the techniques that have been learned by the students.

The increasing expansion of Open Source Software in the organizations,

and especially in university environments and in the enterprises, will mo-

tivate the students to use and to specialize in them. For this purpose, a

general criteria to comply with the suitable program for teaching is pro-

posed: 1) accordingly to the potential of implantation with hardware, 2)

with respect to the task of teaching; and, 3) regarding its practical use

by the student. As conclusion, all software potentially valid selects those

tools more suitable for the teaching of mathematics, with special emphasis

in the statistics and tools associated with the R project.


Free Software, Teaching, Mathematics, Statistics

AMS Subject classifications

: 97U04


2016 SEIO