PYPL Language Rankings: Python ranks #1, R at #7 in popularity

June 20, 2018
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The new PYPL Popularity of Programming Languages (June 2018) index ranks Python at #1 and R at #7.

PYPLJune018

Like the similar TIOBE language index, the PYPL index uses Google search activity to rank language popularity. PYPL, however, fcouses on people searching for tutorials in the respective languages as a proxy for popularity. By that measure, Python has always been more popular than R (as you'd expect from a more general-purpose language), but both have been growing at similar rates. The chart below includes the three data-oriented languages tracked by the index (and note the vertical scale is logarithmic).

PYPL trend Jun 2018

Another language ranking was also released recently: the annual KDnuggets Analytics, Data Science and Machine Learning Poll. These rankings, however, are derived not from search trends but by self-selected poll respondents, which perhaps explains the presence of Rapidminer at the #2 spot.

Kdnuggets

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