(This article was first published on

**Analysis with Programming**, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)A friend of mine asked me to code the following in R:

Staying with the default values, one would obtain

The output is a list of

Now how fast it would be if I were to code this in Python?

I do have a prior knowledge that Python beats R in terms of speed (confirmed from Nathan's post), but out of curiosity I wasn't satisfied with that fact; and leads me to the following Python equivalent,

Computing the elapsed time, we have

and Python,

Gets even worst! 64 seconds over 7 seconds? That's a huge difference. I don't know what is happening here, but I did my best to literally translate the R codes to Python, and yet R?

Any thoughts guys, especially to the Python gurus?

- Generate samples of size 10 from Normal distribution with $\mu$ = 3 and $\sigma^2$ = 5;
- Compute the $\bar{x}$ and $\bar{x}\mp z_{\alpha/2}\displaystyle\frac{\sigma}{\sqrt{n}}$ using the 95% confidence level;
- Repeat the process 100 times; then
- Compute the percentage of the confidence intervals containing the true mean.

Staying with the default values, one would obtain

The output is a list of

**Matrix**and**Decision**, wherein the first column of the first list (**Matrix**) is the computed $\bar{x}$; the second and third columns are the lower and upper limits of the confidence interval, respectively; and the fourth column, is an array of ones -- if true mean is contained in the interval and zeros -- true mean not contained.Now how fast it would be if I were to code this in Python?

I do have a prior knowledge that Python beats R in terms of speed (confirmed from Nathan's post), but out of curiosity I wasn't satisfied with that fact; and leads me to the following Python equivalent,

Computing the elapsed time, we have

**R****Python**

and Python,

Gets even worst! 64 seconds over 7 seconds? That's a huge difference. I don't know what is happening here, but I did my best to literally translate the R codes to Python, and yet R?

Any thoughts guys, especially to the Python gurus?

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