I was recently accepted into a M.S program for Statistics, and they make clear that the courses use software packages such as “…Maple, MATLAB, Minitab, Python, SAS, and R—programs often used in places of employment—and expose students to real-life data. “
I am in the market for something that I can take notes and draw on (e.g. a Surface Pro) but I am unfamiliar with these programs and their potential load on a PC. I am worried about a scenario in which I have to wait for something to process while a cohort with a faster machine does not. This was a significant issue when I briefly worked with bioinformatics pipelines, such as MOTHUR and QIIME.
Does anyone have experience with some or all of these programs, and can recommend a minimum computing power?