# Welcome to the QuakePy wiki

QuakePy is designed as a set of tools for statistical analyses of earthquake catalogs. It provides a library of classes for earthquake catalog handling and computations. Many plot routines help visualizing obtained results. QuakePy is developed in [http://www.python.org Python] as a fully open-source library. It makes use of multiple other tools like [http://gmt.soest.hawaii.edu/ GMT] and supports [http://www.quakeml.org QuakeML], the XML description of seismological data.

QuakePy is inspired by the functionality of [http://www.earthquake.ethz.ch/software/zmap ZMAP], a seismicity analysis toolbox for the use with [http://www.mathworks.com/products/matlab/ MatLab]. Although QuakePy avoids the use of any proprietary software, many tools for Python allow for a MatLab-like working environment, e.g., [http://ipython.scipy.org/moin/ IPython]. MatLab users should take a look at the [http://www.scipy.org/Wiki/NumPy_for_Matlab_Users NumPy for Matlab Users] pages, which explain the similarities and differences between MatLab and Python in the IPython shell.