Forget about Excel. It is hopeless for any serious work. (If you need convincing, see Bruce McCullough’s articles on Excel.) Any research student in the quantitative sciences should be using a matrix language for computation. I recommend students use R. It is free, has a big user base, and has zillions of add-on packages.

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