Here's the survey question:
Did you use R, Python (along with their packages), both, or other tools for Analytics, Data Science, Machine Learning work in 2016 and 2017?
For the first time since the survey began, Python came out ahead of R at 41 to 36%. This fact by itself is not that interesting, but the article shows the answer to this survey question plotted over the course of four years, from 2014-2017, and the upward trend for Python is quite consistent.
The point here isn't that one language is in some global sense better than the other—each language has strengths and weaknesses. It is useful to note, however, that an increasing number of practitioners are, on balance, finding that Python fits their needs better. Each language is an ecosystem, and ecosystem adoption is a feedback loop.Read more...