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Coding: Python is the Preferred Data Language

By Dick Weisinger

Python is ranked as the most popular language for AI.

A survey of 1000 developers by Burtch Works ranked software languages for working with analytics, AI, and machine learning. 41 percent said that they preferred Python. 30 percent preferred R, and 29 percent preferred SAS.

From Burtch Works, Executive Recruiting

Linda Burtch, managing director at Burtch Works, said that “Python is a general-purpose programming language and therefore offers the ability to more easily put quantitative models into production, giving it an advantage over both SAS and R. In addition, Python is more widely taught in quantitative academic programs, so entry-level talent is entering the workforce with some knowledge of Python already.”

Reasons that Python ranks on top include:

Ecosystem. Availability of ML and AI libraries like Scikit, Pandas and TensorFlow make it a top choice.

Syntax. There’s a low barrier for getting started with Python. The language lets users focus on solving problems rather than on language specifics.

Platform Independence. Code runs on any major platform: Windows, MacOS, Linux and Unix.

Readability. Python code is typically easy to read and immediately understandable.

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