I usually write MatLab scripts to parse the behavior data collected in a fMRI or NIRS experiment. It’s powerful and flexible. But as I have to do an Excel version recently, I found Excel has a great advantage — it’s easy to share with other people, and also easier for me to understand in a later time when I almost forget. So I think the best strategy is to combine them. Store the raw data and simple summary in Excel, but do more advanced analysis in MatLab. In excel file, there are should be some text pointing to the matlab script.
MatLab and Excel
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