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The Dilemma of Data Science: SAS or R or Python

The Dilemma of Data Science: SAS or R or Python

For a lot of quantitative corporate personnel, the raging debate between the tools of choice for analytics has been known to cause some rival enthusiasm instead of the age-old political debates on Thanksgiving!

The SAS vs. R debate was already hotly underway for the past couple of years, but recently many analytics professionals and aspiring analysts have requested us to include a comparison of Python in our debates. So, we decided to keep things light and simple and only asked a single question – “which analytics tool do your prefer to use: SAS, R Programming or Python?”

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Gradually our survey results have been showing a growing demand for open source tools over the past few years. In fact so much so, that this year almost 61.3% of respondents in a survey conducted by KDnuggets chose R and Python over 38.6 percent of people still opting for SAS. As it is SAS is a great tool for large companies to conduct their data analytics.

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Are you keen on learning more about these numbers? So were we, so tallied a few survey results and opinions of analytics professionals to determine which is the better data analytics tool to learn first. And here is what we found…

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