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Comparing Python vs. R for Data Analysis

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With today's updates, you'll now be able to work with SQL, Python and R all on Periscope Data's Unified Data Platform. Curious about which one you should choose for your workflow? Check out the chart below for details on the differences between each language and the capabilites they enable:

<div class="row row-table-wrap"><div class="w-embed"><style>/* Inertia Scroll for iOS */@media only screen and (max-width: 991px){.row-table-wrap{overflow-y: scroll;-webkit-overflow-scrolling: touch;}}</style></div><div class="column center-content"><div class="object-full-width"><div><div class="row row-table"><div class="column table-column-header"><img src="https://uploads-ssl.webflow.com/589e47d231ee752554896ef9/5a7b99f5737da00001ab2daa_pd-icon-python.svg" width="40" alt="python icon" class="margin-right"><div><strong>Python</strong></div></div><div class="column table-column-header"><img src="https://uploads-ssl.webflow.com/589e47d231ee752554896ef9/5a7b9a374d05920001621f15_pd-icon-r.svg" width="40" alt="r icon" class="margin-right"><div><strong>R</strong></div></div></div></div><div><div class="row row-table-w-padding"><div class="column table-column"><div>A multi-purpose language<br>Loved by programmers &amp; developers</div></div><div class="column table-column"><div>Great for statistical data analysis &amp; prototyping<br>Developed by statisticians for statisticians</div></div></div></div><div><div class="row row-table-w-padding"><div class="column table-column"><div>Robust coding language built for flexibility with packages tailored to data</div></div><div class="column table-column"><div>Focused coding language built solely for statistics and data analysis</div></div></div></div><div><div class="row row-table-w-padding"><div class="column table-column"><div>Relies on a few main libraries for data analysis, but has significantly more for other use cases</div></div><div class="column table-column"><div>Has thousands of packages tailored for specific use cases</div></div></div></div><div><div class="row row-table-w-padding"><div class="column table-column"><div>Not as great for press-ready visualization</div></div><div class="column table-column"><div>Great for complex visuals with lots of easy customizations</div></div></div></div><div><div class="row row-table-w-padding"><div class="column table-column"><div>Often used for machine learning, natural language processing, etc.</div></div><div class="column table-column"><div>Mostly used for complex statistical analysis</div></div></div></div><div><div class="row row-table-w-padding"><div class="column table-column"><div>Integrates easily in a production workflow, and can be become an actual part of the product.</div></div><div class="column table-column"><div>Harder to integrate to a production workflow. Mostly a statistical analysis and graphic tool.</div></div></div></div><div><div class="spacer4"></div><div class="row row-table-w-padding border-teal"><div class="column center-content"><h5>There are more and more similarities between the data analysis workflow in both.&nbsp;If all you’re doing is data analysis, it doesn’t really matter which one you&nbsp;use.</h5></div></div><div class="row"><div class="column center-content"><div class="spacer8"></div><div class="wrap-children"><img src="https://uploads-ssl.webflow.com/589e47d231ee752554896ef9/5a7b9da7a1fe2b0001361968_pd-icon-sql-purple.svg" width="48" alt="SQL icon" class="margin-right"><img src="https://uploads-ssl.webflow.com/589e47d231ee752554896ef9/5a7b99f5737da00001ab2daa_pd-icon-python.svg" width="40" alt="python icon" class="margin-right"><img src="https://uploads-ssl.webflow.com/589e47d231ee752554896ef9/5a7b9a374d05920001621f15_pd-icon-r.svg" width="40" alt="r icon" class="margin-right"></div><div class="w-richtext"><h2>SQL. PYTHON. R</h2><h4>It wasn't easy choosing a favorite — so we didn't.</h4></div></div></div></div></div></div></div>

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