Python Eats Into R as SAS Dominance Fades

A new survey of data science tools shows that Python usage is quickly gaining steam among advance analytic professionals, at the expense of both R and SAS. Last month the executive recruiting firm Burtch Works published the latest results of an ongoing “flash survey” of tooling preferences of its network of analytics professionals. It was the third straight year that the company has conducted the study, and the results show a definite trend towards open source alternatives and away from the longstanding suite of analytic tools from SAS, which are proprietary. According to the results of the 2016 survey, R is the preferred tool for 42% of analytics professionals, followed by SAS at 39% and Python at 20%. While Python’s placing may at first appear to relegate the language to…

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