have been looking into ways to easily run MATLAB code in python. I tried out OMPC, but it was to alpha (and beyond my level to be able to help out)

Raj mentioned Octave last weekend. Thanks Raj! Not sure why I never thought to look for an open source version of Matlab. Hopefully it will help out in seeing what available code does when working to port it.

Frequently asked questions about Octave (with answers)